August 10, 2016 | Calgary, AB – Immediate Release
On April 17, 2016, Calgary Humane Society Peace Officers were dispatched to an animal hoarding situation in the community of West Hillhurst. Officers, upon inspection of the home, determined all animals needed to be removed due to environmental and medical concerns. 89 Maine Coon cats were removed by Peace Officers under the Animal Protection Act authorities.
On August 8, 2016, charges were laid against cat breeder, Ruth Sogz, 57, of Calgary for permitting animals to be in distress, contrary to the Animal Protection Act of Alberta.
Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Animal Cruelty Investigations stated; “It is uncommon to see such a volume of animals in a residential setting, even in a cattery. Over and above the environmental conditions, many of these cats were suffering from serious communicable disease. It is important that fanciers of any species know their limits concerning space, time and finances. Potential legal consequences aside, there have already been serious, irreversible consequences to the cats and the home.”
Officer Nichols will be available today for interviews.