PARKLAND COUNTY- A 48-year-old woman previously charged in an animal cruelty investigation is now facing an additional 60 Criminal Code charges as a result of a continuing investigation by Evansburg RCMP.
On January 8, a collaborative effort involving RCMP, RCMP Livestock Investigations, Alberta SPCA, Brand Inspectors, Sangudo Veterinary Clinic, Parkland County, and Lac St. Anne County resulted in the removal of a total of 65 horses and six dogs from a rural property near Entwistle.
The animals were alive but in varied states of health.
The animals were taken to appropriate locations for care and medical treatment where required.
It has been reported that three dead horses were also found.
Patricia Lynn Moore has been charged with 60 counts of permitting and/or causing unnecessary pain, suffering, or injury to animals.
Ross Andrew Atkinson, 50, of Parkland County has been charged with three counts of permitting and/or causing unnecessary pain, suffering, or injury to animals.
Moore remains in custody and is due to appear before a Justice by phone in Stony Plain Provincial Court this morning.
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.
Police launched the investigation after receiving reports of starving horses on an acreage.
(The Canadian Press - Global Edmonton)
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