A Swan Hills woman is now facing charges after 16 dogs were seized from a property earlier this month.
The Alberta SPCA removed the dogs from the Swan Hills property on October 3rd after opening an investigation into possible animal cruelty following multiple complaints from area residents.
Photos of the property posted online at the end of September showed the place to be in disarray. Initially, the SPCA said there was not enough evidence to open an investigation, but the agency changed their minds days later and started looking into the property.
Following the seizure, the dogs were placed in protective custody over distress. The SPCA said one dog had to be euthanized “to relieve pain and suffering” and another dog died at a vet clinic due to “significant health issues.” The 14 remaining dogs are still under the care of the SPCA.
Lauri Restad is facing four charges under the Animal Protection Act including causing an animal to be in distress and failing to provide adequate food and water.
The maximum penalty for causing an animal to be in distress is $20,000.
Restad is due to appear in Barrhead Provincial Court on December 10th, 2019.