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Protest held at Kelowna’s law courts against man accused of torturing hamsters

Animal activists protest alleged animal abuser at Kelowna’s law courts

A rally for animal rights was held on Tuesday morning outside of Kelowna’s law courts.

Leighton Labute, a 20-year-old man from Kelowna, is facing three counts of killing or injuring an animal and three counts of causing animal unnecessary pain or suffering.

He had a court appearance on Tuesday morning.

“There has to be a voice for justice for animals that Leighton Labute allegedly tortured on video,” said BoDreay Fraser, a protest organizer.

Around a dozen protesters showed up to the rally.

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Labute is accused of torturing and killing hamsters and posting the cruelty on his public social media account.

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“We’re trying to make the public aware of exactly what’s going on and the courts as well,” said Fraser.

Leighton Labute, a 20-year-old Kelowna man, has been charged with six counts of animal cruelty.
Leighton Labute, a 20-year-old Kelowna man, has been charged with six counts of animal cruelty. Instagram/ Leighton Labute

According to RCMP, Labute was arrested and was granted bail back in May. On Tuesday, his case was adjourned until his next appearance on Sept. 29.

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“Our community is outraged. We’re outraged that with this amount of evidence, he’s not under house arrest.” said Fraser.

None of the allegations against Labute have been proven in court.

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