By Lethbridge Herald on March 4, 2015.
The Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Alberta SPCA) has filed 13 charges under the Animal Protection Act (APA) against April Dawn Irving.
In a press release issued today, the SPCA indicated the charges were laid on Feb. 25. The charges are the result of the investigation into Irvingâ€™s treatment of more than 200 dogs the Alberta SPCA removed from a property near Milk River in December of 2014 and January of 2015.
The charges allege Irving either caused or allowed the dogs to be in distress and failed to provide them with adequate care.
Three of the charges relate to a dog the Alberta SPCA authorized a veterinarian to euthanize for untreatable injuries on Dec. 18, 2014. Irving is charged under sections 2(1), 2.1(a) and 2.1(b) of the APA.
Five charges relate to 60 dogs Irving surrendered to the Alberta SPCA on Dec. 23, 2014, and five charges relate to 141 dogs the Alberta SPCA took into protective custody on Jan. 13, 2015. In each case, Irving is charged under sections 2(1), 2.1(a), 2.1(b), 2.1(c) and 2.1(d) of the APA.
Section 2(1) of the APA defines the offense of causing or allowing an animal you are in charge of to be in distress. Section 2.1 defines a personâ€™s animal care duties: (a) adequate food and water; (b) care for ill or injured animals; (c) protection from injurious heat or cold; (d) adequate shelter, ventilation and space.
An Alberta SPCA peace officer filed the charges against Irving in Lethbridge Provincial Court. The first court appearance is set for April 13, 2015, in Lethbridge. As of March 3, 2015, the summons had not yet been served to Irving.