Pair sentenced for Brentwood Bay horse death

Whiffin, Cunningham banned from owning animals for five years

David Whiffin was fined $7,500 Friday in Victoria. He was convicted of cruelty to an animal for failing to provide enough food to a horse in 2009.

Co-accused Clayton Cunningham was convicted of causing unnecessary pain and suffering to an animal by allowing Jalupae to starve and was placed on probation for 12 months and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.

Both are prohibited from owning any animals for five years.

Last December, Judge Sue Wishart found the two Brentwood Bay residents guilty of causing unnecessary pain and suffering to an animal, as well as improper care of feeding. The case stems from the emaciation and death by hanging of Jalupae, a 27-year-old Appaloosa gelding. Jalupae died as a result of being hanged from a rope tied to an excavator, on Sept. 15, 2009.

The court found that Whiffin killed the animal humanely and acquitted him on that charge.

Whiffin is to pay his $7,500 fine by Sept. 30, 2012.