Recent Convictions in Animal Neglect Cases

Media Release – December  5, 2018

Last month Calgary Humane Society saw convictions in two high profile animal neglect cases.

On November 21, 2018, Lorraine SEMINUK of Calgary, AB, pleaded guilty to Animal Protection Act charges arising from the seizure of 58 animals (53 dogs, three cats and two turtles) from her residence on October 5, 2017. SEMINUK was sentenced to a $1500 fine and a lifetime prohibition order, limiting her to two spayed/neutered dogs. Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Animal Cruelty Investigations said, “The state of this house, the volume of animals and the medical concerns associated, culminated in a large scale seizure of animals. The sentence reflects the scope of suffering and will allow us to monitor the offender for the lifetime of the order.”

 

On November 26, 2018, Jason BURKE of Calgary, AB, pleaded guilty to two counts of causing or allowing an animal to be in distress under the Animal Protection Act. Two shepherd cross dogs were seized from BURKE in February, 2017 in emaciated condition. BURKE was sentenced to a $1500 fine and a 10 year prohibition order. Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Animal Cruelty Investigations said, “The body conditions of these dogs were attributed entirely to malnutrition and they returned to healthy weights with the introduction of a proper diet. We are encouraged to see Mr. Burke’s ability to care for animals limited for the foreseeable future as this was an egregious and avoidable case of blatant neglect of basic needs.” The dogs have since been adopted into new loving homes.