Two Mass Seizures puts Calgary Humane Society Over Capacity

November 5th, 2015

Calgary, AB — Immediate Release

As a result of two mass seizures by Calgary Humane Society Peace Officers in just the last two weeks, the shelter is extremely full, especially with cats and birds.

The first seizure involved 35 cats, while in the second seizure, Peace Officers brought in 27 birds.

This year is expected to be a record breaking year for seizures at Calgary Humane Society which has put the shelter consistently over capacity.

Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Animal Cruelty Investigations says, “What is unusual about these two recent hoarding situations is the social quality of the animals removed. Typically, a hoard consists of feral and inbred animals with a high degree of medical intervention required. These groups appear to be well adjusted and we expect they will make good house pets once treatable medical issues are resolved. If a potential adopter ever wanted to offer a new loving home to an animal at the core of an animal cruelty investigation, now is a great time to come in. ”

To help create additional space, Calgary Humane Society is offering reduced adoption fees for the month of November on all cats (7 months and older) and select birds.

Specific details regarding these recent seizures cannot be released as charges are pending.

 

 

 

Largest Seizure in Calgary Humane Society History

May 27th, 2015

Calgary, AB — Immediate Release

On May 26, 2015, Calgary Humane Society’s Protection and Investigations team, with assistance from Calgary Police Service, Animal Services and Calgary Fire Department, seized 1,123 animals from a NE property.

In total officers seized: 3 dogs, 3 cats, 80 fish, 1,037 domesticated mice many of which were in very poor health.

During the course of the seizure, the property was deemed uninhabitable by the health inspector due to unsanitary conditions.

Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Cruelty Investigations said: “By volume, this is the largest animal seizure in Calgary history. 275 animals had to be euthanized on intake due to injuries. It will take some time to sift through all of the veterinary evidence, but it is fair to say that charges are pending.”
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Creed Sentenced in Animal Abuse Investigation

April 10th, 2015

Calgary, AB — Immediate Release

On May 13, 2014, Calgary Humane Society’s Protection and Investigations department removed more than 30
dogs of varying breeds from a home in the Acadia community of Southeast Calgary. This was due to a multiagency
collaborative effort deeming the house to be unfit for human habitation. On June 30, 2014, Calgary
Humane Society Peace Officers charged Beverly Jean Creed of Calgary, Alberta for causing or permitting an
animal to be in distress, contrary to the Animal Protection Act of Alberta. The 51 counts include charges laid
due to distress suffered by the animals as a result of environmental conditions of the dwelling, as well as
charges pertaining to 17 dogs deemed by veterinarians to be in medical distress.

On April 10, 2015, Creed pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a $10,000 fine and a lifetime two-animal limit.

Officer Nichols, Manager-Cruelty Investigations with Calgary Humane Society stated, “This is the largest fine
ever handed down in Calgary for an Animal Cruelty case. This reflects both the number of animals involved
and the severity of the environmental and medical neglect. The animal limit effectively ends any breeding, pet
sitting or mass handling/showing which is a considerable penalty considering Creed’s lengthy involvement in
the dog show community. Hopefully this sentence acts as a deterrent for those warehousing animals for any
purpose. This case demonstrates how severely quality of care can drop off with a large population of animals.”

Charges Laid in “Ruby” Animal Cruelty Case

March 2nd, 2015
Calgary, AB — Immediate Release

 

On September 5, 2014, a severely neglected and injured bully breed dog was brought to a local emergency veterinary clinic. The young, female dog suffered from facial and body wounds, emaciation, eye and ear infections and chronic internal infection. Clinic staff affectionately named her “Ruby”. Sadly, despite the unflagging efforts of Calgary Humane Society (CHS) veterinarians, Ruby succumbed to her multitude of injuries during surgery. With no permanent identification, investigators sought help from the public to identify the dog and her owner(s). Public tips and further investigation resulted in a search warrant being executed on an address of interest where eleven animals were seized due to varying levels of neglect.

On February 27, 2015, several individuals were charged pursuant to the Animal Protection Act and the Criminal Code of Canada. Janice Piper, Michelle Caswell and Jamie O’Leary, all face several charges. Piper and O’Leary were both charged under the Criminal Code, with respect to four animals, including Ruby’s case. Michelle Caswell was charged with 5 counts under the Animal Protection Act, with respect to 7 animals. O’Leary was previously charged and convicted with an Animal Protection Act offense. All three will appear in court March 31, 2015.

Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Cruelty Investigations said “It is satisfying to see a conclusion to this investigation which sees those responsible for Ruby’s severe neglect held accountable. This was one of the worst cases of neglect we have seen, in that Ruby was suffering from so many serious issues. Ruby was an exceptionally sweet dog whose tail wagged to the very end, despite the pain that she was suffering. This case was a truly collaborative effort between Calgary Humane Society’s Protection and Investigations department and Calgary Police Service. The strength of this relationship makes Calgary the wrong place to practice cruelty to animals. CHS is also grateful to the members of our community who assisted in the investigation by providing information leading to the charges.”

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