An Open Letter to our Supporters

There has been some recent discussion suggesting Calgary Humane Society should not be allowed to care for the animals it seizes. That we are not empowered to alleviate an animal’s suffering. That we should not be taking animals who have been neglected.

Some have even gone so far as to suggest people shouldn’t donate to our organization. While people are certainly entitled to their opinions, we think people should be able to make up their own minds.

While we did seize 40 animals from a southwest property in January and as the investigation remains active we are limited in what we can say, we can tell you we do not hold animals for “ransom” and we do not provide unnecessary treatment.

Our job as authorized by the Government of Alberta is to protect animals under the Animal Protection Act. Whether that means providing necessary medical treatment to alleviate suffering, finding them a home where they can live safely or seizing an animal whose owner has failed to help them.

This case is far from over and charges are pending against several people in relation to the property in which animals were seized. While some claim they were merely “caught up” in this case, we can confirm that claim is false. As our investigation progresses, we promise to update you with as many details as possible.

In the meantime we ask you to remember, we are a not for profit organization with almost 5,000 animals a year who rely on donor dollars to fund their care, medical treatment, behaviour support and protection.

While we can’t share specifics on this case as it would directly jeopardize the animals in our care, we can tell you for 95 years we have been helping animals in this community and we have no plans to stop.




Update on 88 Dogs brought in from Alberta SPCA


We have had many people ask for more information about the 88 dogs we brought in from Alberta SPCA a few weeks ago. Short answer: the dogs are doing pretty well but we still have some work to do. Most of them are chihuahua or yorkie breeds and a lot of them came to us with health and behaviour issues. Many have had surgery or are undergoing behaviour enrichment and are recovering and learning in foster homes, others have already been adopted!

One thing we have noticed about these dogs is their extreme level of fear. In fact the level of fear they are displaying is not something we see every day here at Calgary Humane Society. That is why we wanted to share some tips for those looking to adopt one of these dogs or any fearful dog for that matter. (more…)

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.”

Calgary Police Lay Charges in Animal Cruelty Death

April 2nd, 2015

Calgary, AB — Immediate Release

The Calgary Police Service has charged a man in relation to a dog death in late March, following a joint investigation with the Calgary Humane Society.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., on Monday, March 23, 2015, police were called to a residence in the 1400 block of Richland Road N.E., after a dog that lived there was found dead and buried in the back yard. A necropsy performed by the Calgary Humane Society confirmed that the dog had injuries consistent with being beaten, and the cause of death was a deep cut on the animal’s neck.

The dog’s name was Chevy and he was a border collie/chocolate lab mixed-breed.

It is believed that as part of a dispute between two people living at the residence, the dog was taken from a locked area, badly beaten and killed with a knife, then buried in the backyard. Police believe this was a targeted attack and that there was no danger to any other animals in the community as a result of this incident.

Robert Malcom NICHOLSON, age 34, of Calgary, is charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with breaking and entering, mischief to property, obstruction of justice, killing an animal without lawful excuse and causing unnecessary suffering to an animal. He has also been charged under the Alberta Animal Protection Act with causing an animal to be in distress.


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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