333 exotic animals seized by Calgary Humane Society

CALGARY – The Calgary Humane Society needs help taking care of over 300 exotic animals after a mass seizure on Wednesday.

The 333 animals, including frogs, invertebrates, snakes and spiders, were taken from the Riverfront Aquariums in northeast Calgary.

Brad Nichols, Senior Manager of Animal Cruelty Investigations said, “this is one of the largest and most complex seizures we have executed in our history.”

“As a result we are now caring for many reptiles and amphibians which have very specific needs regarding food, lighting, heating and enclosures.”

“There is a long road ahead as far as evidence collection, but it is fair to say charges are pending.”

Because the seizure was so massive both in size and in scope, the resources at the Calgary Humane Society are strapped. They are asking for help from the public in providing donations and supplies. They need clean reptile enclosures, equipment or monetary donations.

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WATCH: There is a plea from the Calgary Humane Society, after it has been overwhelmed by a massive seizure of exotic animals, and needs a hand caring for them. Global’s Stefan Keyes reports.

If you can help with physical donations, drop them off at the Humane Society at 4455-110 Avenue S.E. Online donations can also be made here.  

One of the 333 exotic animal seized by the Calgary Humane Society from a northeast Calgary location Dec. 2, 2015. Calgary Humane Society

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to say the animals were seized from a northeast Calgary location, not a private home.


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