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Edmonton vet found guilty of 4 animal abuse-related charges

Edmonton vet found guilty of 4 animal abuse-related charges
WATCH ABOVE: Dr. Jun Yang, 48, has been found guilty of four charges related to animal abuse. He was accused of choking, punching and kicking two dogs at his clinic in northeast Edmonton. Kendra Slugoski has the details.

An Edmonton veterinarian has been found guilty of four charges related to animal abuse.

Dr. Jun Yang, 48, was accused of choking, punching and kicking two dogs at his clinic in northeast Edmonton. He was also found guilty Monday of not providing the dogs with adequate food, water, shelter and space.

“It’s clear these dogs suffered physically, emotionally and psychologically,” judge Ferne LeReverend said.

Two dogs were seized from the Hollick Kenyon Veterinary Clinic in April 2016 after an extended period of abuse that began in August 2015.

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The dogs were registered to the clinic and staying there as office dogs. The clinic had been responsible for the dogs’ daily care.

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Yang is currently still practicing and has no restrictions against him, despite a request from the Crown prosecutor in the case.

“There is currently no conditions on him in respect to dealing with animals,” Christian Lim said. “The Crown, of course, is concerned with respect to the public interest that after a conviction – especially on four charges – that we wanted the court at least to consider some kind of restraining order, in essence, for dealing with animals.”

The dogs are still under the care of Animal Control and Lim said they are doing much better and will soon be looking for a new home.

“They have gained weight, they’re happy and they’re healthy.”

Yang will be sentenced on Friday morning. Lim said the Crown asked for a bit of time to determine an appropriate sentence.

“This is a veterinarian so a lot of people, of course, are trusting the veterinarian for their expertise,” he said.

“So we need to balance that out and look at the case law and exactly what is an appropriate sentence that deals with this specific situation here, which is of course very serious.”

READ MORE: Former staff member accuses Edmonton veterinarian of hitting his own dogs

Yang was found guilty under the Criminal Code of wilfully causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to two dogs, which carries a maximum jail sentence of 18 months.

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The other three charges were under the Animal Protection Act and carry a maximum fine of $20,000.

Tiggor, a Staffordshire terrier seized from vet clinic.
Tiggor, a Staffordshire terrier seized from vet clinic. Supplied, Crown Evidence photo
Tiggor, a Staffordshire terrier was seized from a vet clinic. Veterinarian and dog owner Dr. Jun Yang is charged with mistreating the animal.
Tiggor, a Staffordshire terrier was seized from a vet clinic. Veterinarian and dog owner Dr. Jun Yang is charged with mistreating the animal. Supplied, Crown Evidence photo
Veterinary clinic staff allege Heza and Tiggor were forced to live in a small kennel.
Veterinary clinic staff allege Heza and Tiggor were forced to live in a small kennel. Supplied, Crown Evidence photo
Heza, a black Labrador was seized by officers in April 2016. Her owner is facing a number of charges.
Heza, a black Labrador was seized by officers in April 2016. Her owner is facing a number of charges. Supplied, Crown Evidence Photo
Evidence photo submitted in Dr. Jun Yang trial.
Evidence photo submitted in Dr. Jun Yang trial. Supplied, Crown Evidence photo
Heza and Tiggor.
Heza and Tiggor. Supplied, Crown Evidence photo