James Richard Bruvall, the owner of the Revelstoke Petting Zoo, has been charged with a total of 24 counts of animal cruelty under a combination of the Criminal Code and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act following a BC SPCA investigation.
SPCA special constables removed 15 animals, including one deceased pig, from the property during a warrant executed in July 2017. The other animals found to be in distress included five horses, three pigs, two mini-horses, a lamb, an alpaca, a goat and a peacock. The animals were suffering from lack of adequate food, shelter and veterinary care.
“We are very pleased that charges have been approved against Mr. Bruvall as this is a very sad case where profits were clearly placed before the welfare of the animals in his care,” said Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer for the BC SPCA.
“This individual was running a petting zoo and trail riding company using compromised animals and allowing them to suffer.”
She noted that all but one of the animals have been adopted into new homes.
“We are still looking for a home for the goat, but we are hopeful that a new guardian will be found soon.”
If convicted, Bruvall faces a maximum sentence of up to five years in jail, a $75,000 fine and up to a lifetime ban on owning animals.