On October 2, 2023, James Jenkins of Strathcona County pleaded guilty to causing distress to cattle. Peace Officers attended Mr. Jenkins property December 22, 2021 after receiving public complaints that animals were in distress. Investigators found numerous dead cattle on the property, as well as over 180 cattle that were deemed to be in distress. The remaining cattle were seized. Mr. Jenkins was charged by Alberta SPCA Peace Officers with three offences under the Animal Protection Act for permitting animals to be in distress 2(1), failing to provide adequate food and water 2.1(a), and failing to provide veterinary care to an animal that is sick or wounded 2.1(b).
Mr. Jenkins pleaded guilty to all three counts in Alberta Court of Justice in Sherwood Park. He was ordered not to own, possess, control, board or live at a residence with any animals, with the exception of 20 cattle, for a period of three years. Mr. Jenkins was also fined $3,500. Under terms of the prohibition order, Mr. Jenkins must allow Alberta SPCA Peace Officers access to his properties for the purpose of inspecting animals without warrant, provided 24-hours notice is given.