VANCOUVER – A woman is demanding criminal charges against a Langley dog walker who allegedly left six dogs to die in her truck.
Stephanie Marner has started an online petition, and in three days it has already garnered more than 2,000 names.
Marner is calling for six charges of animal cruelty to be laid against the dog walker and a lifetime ban on owning animals.
Marner has two weeks to gather signatures before the necropsies are done on the dogs. She then hopes to give the petition to the SPCA, which could forward it to Crown.
The penalty for one count of animal neglect is a maximum of two years in prison.
Another petition has also been started calling for changes to Canadian animal cruelty laws.
RCMP and the dog’s owners and volunteers spent almost one week looking for the six missing dogs, known as the ‘Brookswood 6′, before police confirmed the dogs had died in the back of their dog walker’s truck.
Emma Paulsen was taken into custody, according to Mounties, but was later released. They say it could take up to three months for charges to be laid.
According to Petsearchers Canada spokesperson Al MacLellan, Paulsen admitted to him that she left the six dogs in the back of her truck, which resulted in them all dying of heat stroke. When she found the dogs dead, Paulsen panicked and concocted a story to cover up what had happened.
Gallery of five of the six dogs:
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