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RCMP Lay More Charges in Animal Cruelty Case

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January 9, 2019 at 11:48 am - Home, Local News
By Erika Chorostil

RCMP are continuing their investigation into an animal cruelty case this week and have laid more charges.

On January 8th, Evansburg RCMP officers, in a collaborative effort involving RCMP Livestock Investigations, Alberta SPCA, Brand Inspectors, Sangudo Veterinary Clinic, Parkland County, and Lac St. Anne County removed 65 horses and 6 dogs from a rural property near Entwistle. The animals were alive but in varied states of health and were taken to appropriate locations for care and medical treatment where required.

RCMP say there were already court-imposed orders in place for the accused to not be in possession of or ownership of animals.

Last week, Evansburg RCMP investigated allegations of starving horses on a rural property. On January 4th they arrested and charged 48-year-old Parkland County resident Patricia Lynn Moore with three counts of permitting and/or causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to animals.

On Monday, RCMP also arrested 50-year-old Ross Andrew Atkinson of Parkland County and charged him with the same offences.

RCMP say those charges are in relation to the deaths of three horses on the property.

This morning, police announced Moore is now facing an additional 60 Criminal Code charges in relation to the ongoing investigation and is back in custody.

RCMP would like to advise that they are not seeking donations and arrangements for the care of the animals has already been made. The public should be aware of any potential fraudsters seeking to benefit from this incident.

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