R v Ryan, 2004 BCSC 1168

Appeal by the accused from conviction and sentence for causing or permitting animals to be in distress contrary to section 24(1) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The accused was ordered to pay a fine in the amount of $2,000 and prohibited from owning or having custody of an animal for 10 years.

The appeals against conviction and sentence were dismissed. The Court did not find any errors in how the trial judge interacted or assisted the accused. Furthermore, the Court found that the fine was appropriate, considering the egregious nature of the offence committed, as well as the fact that there was no jail sentence imposed.

Source: Case Law

Jurisdiction: British Columbia

Topics: appealconvictioncross-examinationdistressegregious offenceexcessive finefaultfit sentencehearing disabilitylaborious and repetitivelimitmistrialregulatory offenceself-represented litigantsentencestrict liability offencetranscripts

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