90-day sen­tence in an­i­mal cru­elty case

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Patrick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

A 25-year-old woman, who was con­victed of cru­elty to an­i­mals and caus­ing un­nec­es­sary dis­tress to an­i­mals, has been sen­tenced to 90 days in jail.

Cather­ine Adams, who now re­sides in Al­berta, ap­peared in Drumheller pro­vin­cial court on Fri­day, Novem­ber 2 for sen­tenc­ing. She was charged along with her mother Karin, dat­ing back to 2015 when 25 dogs, nine horses, and 17 birds were taken from a ru­ral prop­erty near Ce­real in poor health and squalid liv­ing con­di­tions.

Cather­ine, who rep­re­sented her­self, was found guilty at trial of will­fully caus­ing un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing to an an­i­mal and caus­ing dam­age or in­jury to an an­i­mal.

Charges against the mother Karin were dis­missed.

Cather­ine’s sen­tenc­ing hear­ing be­gan in Au­gust of this year and con­cluded last Fri­day as Judge J. Shriar read out her sen­tence. She noted that Cather­ine, in her pre-sen­tence re­port, failed to take re­sponsi- bil­ity for her ac­tions. She was sen­tenced for an­other sim­i­lar case in 2015 in Bri­tish Columbia and dur­ing the time the pre-sen­tence re­port was be­ing pre­pared, was charged again.

Cather­ine did make a late court sub­mis­sion for sen­tenc­ing, where Shriar noted Adam’s sub­mis­sion ap­pears to ad­mit re­gret and said some of the an­i­mals “ul­ti­mately suf­fered.” Shriar said this in­for­ma­tion con­flicts with the pre­sen­tence re­port and ul­ti­mately wa­tered down her sub­mis­sion.

“She con­tin­ues to lack in­sight into the se­ri­ous­ness of this crime,” noted Shriar.

Cather­ine was sen­tenced to 90 days for each charge to be served con­cur­rently. She has also been given a two-year pro­ba­tion or­der. Judge Shriar also banned her from own­ing an­i­mals for 17 years. This ban is na­tion­wide and mir­rors a pre­vi­ous or­der.

Her mother Karin is fac­ing charges from last sum­mer where she was dis­cov­ered with eight dogs re­ported to be in dis­tress at a ho­tel in In­n­is­fail.

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