Hanna trial un­der­way for charges un­der An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion Act

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa, with files cour­tesy Jackie Gold-Ir­win, The Hanna Her­ald

A high-pro­file trial of two women ac­cused of a num­ber of of­fenses re­lated to the care of an­i­masl be­gan last week in a Hanna Court House.

Mother and daugh­ter Karin and Cather­ine Adams are ac­cused of fail­ure to com­ply with con­di­tions of pro­ba­tion, will­fully causes or, be­ing the owner, will­fully per­mits to be caused un­nec­es­sary pain, suf­fer­ing or in­jury to an an­i­mal or a bird, be­ing the owner or the per­son hav­ing the cus­tody or con­trol of a do­mes­tic an­i­mal or a bird or an an­i­mal or a bird wild by na­ture that is in cap- tiv­ity, aban­dons it in dis­tress or will­fully ne­glects or fails to pro­vide suit­able and ad­e­quate food, wa­ter, shel­ter and care for it, and pos­ses­sion of prop­erty ob­tained by crime.

On De­cem­ber 5, the crown be­gan pre­sent­ing its case. The Adams are rep­re­sent­ing them­selves. Al­berta Sher­iffs in­creased se­cu­rity at the court house for the trial.

The charges are re­lated to the dis­cov­ery of an­i­mals on a prop­erty south of Ce­real in the sum­mer and fall of 2015. The pair were in breach of con­di­tions they were bound by re­lated to of­fenses in BC. They were un­der a 20-year ban not to own an­i­mals.

When Oyen RCMP and Al­berta So­ci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals peace of­fi­cers in­ves­ti­gated, they dis­cov­ered horses, dogs and birds in poor health and liv­ing in un­san­i­tary con­di­tions. Birds were re­ported to be dis­cov­ered with lit­tle to no feath­ers, dogs in med­i­cal dis­tress with no ac­cess to food and wa­ter and horses that scored as low as 2/9 on a Body Con­di­tion Score.

“Most horses are very pa­tient,” in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer Jeff Clark noted when at­tempt­ing to pro­vide some of the horses with wa­ter.

“They were so thirsty they were lit­er­ally fight­ing over wa­ter com­ing out of the hose... They were lit­er­ally tak­ing the hose into their mouth.”

The crown also called wit­ness Abi­gale Gos­selin who has turned three dogs over to the pair, on a trial ba­sis. When she at­tempted to re­trieve her dogs, she was met with re­fusal. One of her dogs was re­turned af­ter an­i­mals were seized by au­thor­i­ties.

The trial is to con­tinue on Fe­bru­ary 15 in Hanna.

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