‘It is time’; Advocates name for modifications in wake of Milk River Canine arrest

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'It's time'; Advocates call for changes in wake of Milk River Dogs arrest
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Deanna Thompson, Government Director of the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society, mentioned her employees members had been excited after they heard the information of April Irving’s current arrest stemming from when she had 201 canines seized in 2014.

“We’re simply actually hoping and praying that the justice system will have the ability to cease her from having animals and we’re actually appreciative of the RCMP for laying prison costs that shall be federal,” Thompson mentioned.

Alberta lady April Irving is accused of canine hoarding and animal cruelty. The canines had been seized from her Milk River, Alta. property in 2014. After failing to point out as much as courtroom dates in Lethbridge in 2016, she was arrested January 16, 2019 in Manitoba.

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She additionally had greater than 80 canines seized in 2010 from her property close to Foam Lake, Sask. This resulted in a 10-year ban stopping her from proudly owning greater than two canines at a time.

Thompson mentioned the bans are nice however she needs to see check-ups to ensure persons are complying.

“We want to have the ability to make sure that these folks haven’t got animals,” she mentioned. “Simply because they’ve a ban does not imply that they don’t seem to be going to have animals of their care.”

Thompson mentioned she’s heard of one other case the place folks had a ban in a single province and moved to the subsequent one.

“I can see it being widespread observe if the authorities aren’t capable of discuss to one another concerning the bans that these folks have in place,” she mentioned.

Milk River Canine four years later

Thompson mentioned all 201 Milk River canines had been adopted. She mentioned her group and others all through Alberta and British Columbia took in animals to rehabilitiate and rehome them.

“We’re simply actually completely happy that the animals that had been rescued are doing properly of their new properties,” she mentioned. “Wonderful to see their transformations.”

Thompson mentioned she hopes the case of April Irving will be an instance to others.

“I feel folks want to grasp that animals are sentient beings and that they’re protected though not properly beneath the regulation,” Thompson mentioned. “It is one of many worst circumstances of neglect and abuse we have ever seen and I feel as a society we do not condone that behaviour so we now have to have the ability to set a precedent that this won’t be one thing that we’ll put up with.”

Thompson mentioned her group shall be watching Irving’s courtroom case carefully.

“We hope that she makes it again right here to Alberta in order that we will attend her courtroom appearances and watch this unfold as a result of I actually do hope that we’ll see justice for these animals,” Thompson mentioned. “And now it is time.”



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