Ontario Animal Care Review Board Upholds Decision to Seize Fourteen Horses from Property in Burk’s Falls

After receiving a complaint that a barn located in Burk’s Falls, Ontario had been condemned by the municipality as an unsafe structure, Animal Welfare Services (AWS) made the decision to seize fourteen horses from the property where the barn was located. Property owner, Julie Nicholls, challenged that decision on the basis that, in her opinion, the horses were never in distress and the municipality’s decision to condemn the structure was invalid. The Animal Care Review Board (ACRB) dismissed the appeal, noting that it was not in their jurisdiction to overturn the municipality’s decision and that there were several other concerns about the horses’ access to food and water as required under the Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act.