The Corman Park Police Service has charged a 72-year-old man under the Animal Protection Act of Saskatchewan after the remains of four horses were discovered.
The deceased animals were reported on a property on Range Road 3063 in the rural municipality of Corman Park on Dec. 23, 2018.
The complainant, who identified himself as the horses’ owner, indicated he suspected they had been shot.
Police said the horses were found in an advanced state of decay and that officers were not able to support the claim that the horses had died from gunshots.
In partnership with the Animal Protection Service of Saskatchewan, officers subsequently seized the partial remains of the animals.
Laboratory analysis of the horses showed evidence of prolonged malnutrition, according to police.
Ronald B. Delver, 72, of Corman Park, is facing a charge of causing an animal to be, or continue to be, in distress.
Police said the penalty for a first offence is a fine of not more than $25,000 or imprisonment for not more than two years or both.
Delver is scheduled to make his first appearance in Saskatoon provincial court on March 27.