November 03, 2016 | Calgary, AB – Immediate Release
On November 3, 2016, Anthony and Christine BERRY were sentenced on charges of causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal and failing to provide suitable and adequate care to an animal. Each received a $6,900 fine and a lifetime prohibition from owning or residing with animals with the exception of one spayed or neutered cat or dog.
On August 30, 2014, Calgary Humane Society Peace Officers, with assistance from Calgary Police Service and Animal Services, seized 92 animals from an Erinwoods home after finding rabbits, hamsters, a dog and a cat in distress due to grossly unsanitary conditions, untreated medical concerns and a lack of basic necessities. Several of the animals had to be humanely euthanized due to severe medical distress. During the seizure a peace officer was assaulted and threatened.
Brad Nichols, Manager, Animal Cruelty Investigations said, “While this case is disturbing, it is encouraging to see it being taken seriously by the courts. This case encapsulates many of our greatest concerns from the various types of severe neglect and hoarding, to the danger our officers faced when the owner became violent. This sentence reflects both the punitive aspect of the offences while also taking into account future animals with the prohibition. Considering the level of neglect and the fact the Berry’s were rabbit enthusiasts who were heavily involved in the show community makes it that much more important to keep them away from animals for a significant period. We also want to thank the Calgary Police Service for minimizing the traumatic nature of the assault on our peace officer.”
Anthony Berry was remanded for several months prior to entering a guilty plea due to the assault on a peace officer and uttering threats in association with the seizure.