02/18/2016 08:04 EST | Updated 02/18/2017 00:12 EST

Charges laid after allegedly mistreated horses found on Alberta properties

WANDERING RIVER, Alta. — Criminal charges have been laid in northern Alberta after the seizure of more than 80 horses and donkeys that were allegedly in  distressed condition.

RCMP and the Alberta SPCA inspected a property in the Wandering River area on Feb. 3, based on a court order regarding three dead horses that had been found.

Mounties say three carcasses were located along with 52 other horses in poor condition, plus two horses and two donkeys that were being kept in corrals without adequate food and water.

Twenty other allegedly distressed horses were found on a second property.

Police also say a veterinarian determined two days later that all the animals were in bad shape, and the SPCA seized a total of 82 horses and two donkeys for further examination.

Gary Herbert Sparshu, a 65-year-old Fort McMurray resident, has been arrested and will appear in Boyle provincial court on Feb. 23 on charges of causing injury to animals and breach of a court order.