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Alberta woman faces new charge after 201 animals seized from property

201 extremely emaciated dogs from a single property in Milk River during a two-stage operation.
201 extremely emaciated dogs from a single property in Milk River during a two-stage operation. Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society

MILK RIVER, Alta. — A southern Alberta woman accused of animal neglect is also now facing a charge of animal cruelty.

April Dawn Irving has been charged with one count of cruelty to animals after five dogs were found dead on her property near Milk River late last month.

RCMP Cpl. Troy Dobson says it appears the dogs died of starvation.

WATCH: 201 dogs seized from Milk River property 

The dogs were discovered after 201 neglected animals were seized from Irving’s property in December and again in mid-January.

READ MORE: SPCA removes 201 dogs from southern Alberta property 

After the January seizure, the Alberta Rescue Crew Society called it one of the worst cases of neglect. A society spokeswoman said at the time that the dogs were emaciated, dehydrated and with badly matted fur. Some had broken bones, gaping wounds and parasites.

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The animals are a mix of huskies, Irish wolfhounds, malemutes and Komondors.

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Irving is due to appear in provincial court in Lethbridge next week.

The RCMP said the Alberta SPCA has described the case as the largest seizure of neglected dogs in the province’s history.

With files from CJOC