Sentencing in Riverfront Aquariums Case

Calgary, AB – Immediate Release – February 28, 2017


On February 28, 2017, Riverfront Aquariums owner Michael CHOW and manager Wayne WOO were convicted of Animal Protection Act offenses. WOO was sentenced to a maximum fine of $20,000 and lifetime ban on owning animals except fish and a current dog, CHOW was sentenced to a $4,000 fine and 10 year ban except fish and one dog. Charges stem from a mass seizure on December 2, 2015 in which 333 animals were found in varying states of distress. This seizure, the second largest in Calgary Humane Society history, followed three smaller seizures and subsequent charges in the year prior to the final removal.


Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Animal Cruelty Investigations said, “This case was unique in that neither compliance nor prior Animal Protection Act charges were effective in getting the message across to the business and its management that their general animal husbandry needed to improve significantly. What concerns me most in this case was the apathy regarding the most basic needs of the sentient creatures in their care. This landmark sentence cannot be
ignored. The maximum fine is the first in our jurisdiction and one of very few in the Province. It reflects the commercial and profit oriented aspect of the operation. The prohibition ensures the subjects will never care for the type of animals that they were never equipped or motivated to care for previously.”



Sentencing in Animal Cruelty Case

Calgary, AB – Immediate Release – February 27, 2017

On September 9, 2014, a horribly neglected dog, affectionately nicknamed “Ruby” (Bamboo), was turned in to Calgary Humane Society. Despite her condition and injuries she was very affectionate and friendly. Unfortunately “Ruby” succumbed under anesthetic for reparative surgery. Investigation by Calgary Humane Society peace officers and Calgary Police culminated in the execution of a search warrant on a Dover home and the seizure of another 7 dogs, a rabbit and 3 bearded dragons. Charges were laid against Jamie O’LEARY, Janice PIPER and Michelle CASWELL. CASWELL pleaded guilty to her part in the neglect, receiving a $1500 fine and a lifetime two altered animal limit. On February 27, 2017, O’LEARY and PIPER were each sentenced in Provincial Court to $2500 fines and lifetime prohibitions from owning animals.


Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Animal Cruelty Investigations said, “The dog that initiated this investigation was one of the most brutally neglected I have seen in all my years doing this work. Combined with her sweet temperament, her death was heartbreaking, motivating officers from both CHS and CPS to locate those responsible and ensure accountability. Seeing this case culminate as it has today is satisfying to say the least. The sentence ensures that these individuals will not be breeding animals any longer and sends a strong message of deterrence. Medical concerns must be addressed by animal owners. Ignoring the basic needs and suffering of animals will not be tolerated.”


Ruby face

I Found A Stray Cat or Bunny. What Do I Do?

Have you ever encountered a stray cat or rabbit and were not sure what to do? There are plenty of scenarios that can lead to this animal being out in public. Maybe the animal escaped? Maybe the owner lets their pet outside? Maybe the animal is a stray who was left behind by an owner? Maybe the animal is wild?

There are numerous questions we could ask but there is a simple answer to what you should do. By following these simple steps, you will feel secure in providing a stray cat or rabbit their best chance at survival.



Foster Follow Up: Sam is settling in at home

Here is a foster follow up for an adorable pupper on the mend, Sam! His foster mama sent in this great pupdate:




Sam was SO very happy to go for a truck ride and check out a new house. He’s met my two dogs from inside his crate and all went well. I didn’t want to introduce everyone on leash today because he can get so excited. I’ll wait a day or 2 until he gets used to seeing them as part of the environment.




Sam has also seen each of my cats. My male cat thinks he’s a cat-dog! Walter, totally has a crush on him and wants to be bestest buddies.



Thank you very much for your help! I think Sam will fit nicely into our family during his stay.

We Belong Together: Adopt a Dynamic Duo

With today being the most romantic day of the year, we thought we should share a few love stories of our own. Occasionally at the shelter we would receive a bonded pair. This happens when two animals find themselves in an inseparable bond and love each other so much that they need to be adopted into the same home together. Bonded pairs provide each other comfort, companionship and confidence. If a bonded pair were to be separated they may react with anxiety.

Adopting a bonded pair often doesn’t mean twice the work. Sure, it might mean two food and water bowls or twice the litter changes, but often times a bonded pair means less work for an owner because the pair of animals entertain each other and prevent separation anxiety. Have a look at three bonded pairs that we have in the shelter today:


Meet Arwin & Kashka


Kashka (female) is very affectionate, but only on her terms. Arwin (female) is a sweetheart and loves attention. Both are seniors and patient paws.


Meet Love & Miracle


Love (male) is super sweet and super vocal! Miracle (male) is more laid back and enjoys head scratches. They are practically identical kitties! Both are seniors.


Meet Charlie & Fudge


Fudge (male) is VERY protective of Charlie (female). Both are accepting of pets, but probably not a good pair for really young children. Bunny huggers LOVE them! Charlie is a senior and both are patient paws