Probation for Vet in starving horse case.
  • Petitioned Prime Minister - Stephen Harper

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Prime Minister - Stephen Harper
Manager, National Issues & Animal Welfare -
Dr. Warren Skippon
Attorney General of Canada -
Robert Douglas Nicholson -
Attorney General of BC -
Honourable Shirley Bond

Probation for Vet in starving horse case.

    1. laurie neilio
    2. Petition by

      laurie neilio

      belknap, IL

On Friday, May 11th, after cruelly neglecting and starving six horses in his care, directly causing the death of two, former veterinarian Mark Marohn was sentenced to a two year probation, 150 hours of community service and a two year ban on owning or caring for animals.

 

If everything we say and do reveals us, this probationary sentence and supportive reasoning by Judge Reginald Harris exposes a system so tolerant of animal cruelty, it will allow even those sworn to “promote animal health and welfare and relieve animal suffering” to imperil the lives of animals in their care with little consequence. (See full Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Oath at http://canadianveterinarians.net/about-oath.aspx)

 

Judge Harris noted Mr. Marohn’s volunteerism with the SPCA as one of the reasons for his reduced sentence. As a volunteer and veterinarian, Mark Marohn would have been more aware than most of the resources available to him through foster care, adoption or rescue facilities and the fact that he repeatedly chose to deny the SPCA access to his property, obstruct them in their attempts to document the horses’ health and decline offers of assistance demonstrates a wilful act of neglect and abuse.

 

As a veterinarian educated in equine health, he would have been more aware of the health implications for horses with body scores below two and the suffering inflicted through starvation and malnutrition.

 

This sentence tells us that the court sees sworn oaths as meaningless and its history of probationary sentencing for crimes against animals, despite the irrefutable link between animal abuse and violence towards people (see 1983 study, Deviney et al2), reveals shortsightedness along with a culture that places little to no value on the welfare of animals. Although a bill (C-373) to amend the animal cruelty section of the Criminal Code and update penalties and sentencing tools has been in the works since 1998, it has yet to be supported by both House and Senate.
Mr. Marohn must be denied the right to own or care for animals for the remainder of this life and Canada must amend the Criminal Code to catch up with the rest of the developed world.

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      The trial of a Langley veterinarian accused of animal abuse and using a horse to pull a car out of a ditch has been told his ex-wife may be called as a witness against him.

      Mark Marohn is charged with one count of being an owner who failed to provide "necessaries" for animals and one count of causing an animal to continue to be in distress.

      His trial opened Monday in Surrey Provincial Court.

      During opening statements, the Crown prosecutor disclosed that Marohn's ex-wife, Carol Schoyen-Marohn, may be a witness against her husband.

      She faces a separate trial on the same charges after her former spouse.

      The pair, both veterinarians, were charged after an emaciated horse got stuck in a ditch on 208 Street north of 16 Avenue of Dec. 10, 2008.

      Witnesses called 911 after seeing the seven-year-old gelding named Buddy was being used, unsuccessfully, to tow a car out of the ditch.

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    • Rosemary Showell CUMBERNAULD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      It is disgusting that this is treated so lightly in a so called civilised country

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    • Danielle Meldrum EDMONTON, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      I adopted a horse that was neglected and severely malnourished. It took over a year to get his weight remotely back to normal standard. I can't believe people think this is okay. The man charged with neglecting his horse, now mine, received a fine and community service. That is not enough. He now owns horses again. This is unacceptable. How many times do we have to clean up after these criminals?

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    • Tracey Seutter SHERWOOD PARK, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      AS a man trained in the care and upkeep of animals, this is an abhorrent crime!!

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    • K Dahle CLEAR LAKE, MN
      • over 2 years ago

      Shame on you Judge Harris ** this should be a felony offensive -he should be thrown in jail for years. *** new sticter laws need to be inacted ****

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    • Toni Newberry RIVER ROUGE, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      NO EXCUSE..VOLUNTEER WITH SPCA OR WHAREVER HE SHOULD BE PUNISHED TO THE FULL EXTEND OF THE LAW. NO FAVORS FOR ANYONE AND THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE DOING WITH THIS GUY. READ OUR LIPS....NO EXCUSE NO MATTER WHAT. IF YOU DO IT FOR HIM THEY WILL DO IT FOR OTHERS, THE WORD ABUSE SAYS IT ALL...

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