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Three charged in death of injured dog found wandering in Calgary

CALGARY – Three people have been charged under Alberta’s Animal Protection Act following the death of an injured dog found wandering in a city neighbourhood.

The Calgary Humane Society says a severely neglected bulldog cross was brought to an emergency veterinary clinic last September with facial and body wounds. The dog was named Ruby by clinic staff.

“She had an infection going on in her eye as well as a urinary tract infection that was very significant,” said investigator Lisa Callow, a Humane Society peace officer. “She was also in a state of emaciation and dehydration as well when she first arrived at the vet clinic.”

Ruby died from her injuries during surgery and humane society investigators asked the public to help identify her owner.

Tips eventually led investigators to search an address where 11 animals were seized in various states of neglect.

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“There were multiple animals that were seized from that property, so caring for them, providing them homes and medical attention and care, as well as just gathering gathering evidence from the public and putting together the case,” said Callow.

Janice Piper, Michelle Caswell and Jamie O’Leary are to appear in court March 31.

Callow said Human Society staff are “very pleased” charges were laid, and thanks the public and police for their help.

“Sadly, despite the unflagging efforts of CalgaryHumane Society (CHS) veterinarians, Ruby succumbed to her multitude of injuries during surgery,” said the Humane Society. Calgary Humane Society

With files from Global’s Carolyn Kury de Castillo

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