Dozens of charges stayed in Alberta animal cruelty case

A number of animals were removed from a rural property west of Edmonton Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 in connection with an animal cruelty case. Global News

Court records show two of three people charged in connection with a recent animal cruelty investigation in rural Alberta have had dozens of charges stayed.

Ross Andrew Atkinson had been charged by the Alberta SPCA with 27 offences under the Animal Protection Act and by the RCMP with 63 counts of permitting and/or causing unnecessary pain, suffering, or injury to animals under the Criminal Code of Canada.

According to Alberta Justice, all the charges against Atkinson have been stayed.

Court documents also reveal all charged laid against Robert Hugh Cornell have been stayed. Cornell had also faced dozens of charges under the Animal Protection Act.

Charges are typically stayed in cases where the prosecutor determines there is no reasonable likelihood of conviction.

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In early December, the SPCA said it received a complaint about horses that were either dead or in distress at a property in the Evansburg, Alta., area. Peace officers investigating the report were then led to another rural property in the same area, according to the SPCA.

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In January, 65 horses and six dogs were removed from an acreage near Evansburg, according to police.

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Patricia Lynn Moore faces dozens of criminal charges and charges under the Animal Protection Act.

Moore is scheduled to appear in court on March 11.

– With files from Global News’ Caley Ramsay

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