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. Upon inspection of the home, officers determined all animals needed to be removed due to environmental and medical concerns. 89 Maine Coon cats were removed by Peace Officers and Animal Protection Act charges were laid against Ruth SOGZ.
On June 16, 2017, following a guilty plea, SOGZ was sentenced to a $5000 fine, among the highest fines received under the Animal Protection Act, and a lifetime prohibition from owning animals excluding two altered cats. Sogz is also required to submit annual veterinary reports and mandated welfare checks by Calgary Humane Society Peace Officers.
Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Animal Cruelty Investigations said, “It is encouraging to see the court apply a lifetime prohibition in this case, given the level and volume of suffering in the home. Not long ago, such a ban was unheard of. It is crucial that animal breeders and fanciers remain aware of their capacity for care so cases of overt neglect like this one can be avoided.”