Animal welfare charges laid

Charges have been laid against a Lampman, Sask., farmer after more than 130 cattle were seized from his operation last February.

Chad Mokelky has been charged under Section 4(2) of the province’s Animal Protection Act for causing or permitting an animal to be in distress.

He also faces two Criminal Code of Canada counts for allowing an animal to be in unnecessary pain, suffering or injury and willfully neglecting or failing to provide suitable and adequate food, water, shelter and care.

Mokelky is set to appear in Estevan court on Nov. 18.

This is the second large animal seizure from last winter to result in charges. Warren Russell of Stoughton, Sask., will be in Weyburn court Nov. 12 on the same charges after more than 300 head were removed from his possession.

In March, Mokelky took Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan to court alleging the 97 cows, 31 calves and three bulls taken from the operation was done unlawfully.

He said he was caring for the cattle on behalf of two other plaintiffs and an estate.

That application was dismissed.

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