Convicted after a lengthy trial, the Loerzels appealed their convictions to the summary convictions court – that appeal was dismissed. They further appealed to the SKCA.
The Loerzels operated an elk farm (Trad Industries Inc.). After government officials and members of the Saskatchewan SPCA visited the farm, saw starving animals; charges were laid. The Loerzels and Trad were charged with causing or permitting elk to be or to continue to be in distress. They were convicted after a lengthy trial and each fined $3,500. Strict liability offence.