Editor’s note: The Edmonton Humane Society told Global News it misspelled the name of the man charged in its initial news release. This story has been updated with the correct spelling.
On Feb. 27, Animal Protection Officers with the Edmonton Humane Society seized the animals from My Pet after a report from a witness who was worried the animals had been abandoned.
“This was one of the largest seizures our Animal Protection Officers have conducted,” Dan Fryer, director of animal health at the Edmonton Humane Society, said in a release issued Monday morning.
“Our officers worked diligently on this investigation, which was unique in that it involved a pet store and a large number and variety of animals, and we are pleased that they have been able to proceed with charges.”
Minchaw Menan Tom of Sherwood Park is facing one count of abandoning animals and one count of permitting or causing an animal to be in distress. Both charges come from the Animal Protection Act.
The charges were laid on Aug. 23, EHS said.
Under the Animal Protection Act, an abandoned animal is defined as one that is left for more than 24 hours without adequate food, water or shelter; is left for five or more days after the expected retrieval time where an animal is being boarded; or is found on premises where a tenancy agreement has been terminated.
Tom is expected to be in court this fall, the shelter said.
The act carries a maximum penalty of $20,000 or a lifetime ban from owning animals.
Most of the hundreds of animals seized were adopted during the EHS’ “Clear our Shelter” event in March.
– With a file from Caley Ramsay, Global News