NEWS RELEASE

March 31, 2017

UPDATE: Lethbridge dogs surrendered to Alberta SPCA by owner; investigation continues

The owner of the dogs taken into protective custody last week in Lethbridge voluntarily surrendered the animals to the Alberta SPCA on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

The Alberta SPCA immediately began the process of transferring ownership of the dogs to organizations that will be able to adopt them into new homes.

It is unclear at this time how soon the dogs will be available for adoption. They need to be spayed or neutered, and many of them will need a period of veterinary care before they are healthy enough for adoption.

Some new puppies were born in the time since the Alberta SPCA took custody of the dogs on Friday, March 24. The final number of dogs surrendered to the Alberta SPCA was 104.

The Alberta SPCA’s investigation into this situation continues. No decision has been made regarding charges.

The Alberta SPCA relies on calls from the public to alert it to situations where animals may be in distress. Call 1-800-455-9003 to report suspected animal neglect or abuse outside Edmonton and Calgary.

For further information, please contact

Roland Lines
Communications Manager
Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
17904 – 118 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5S 2W3
Tel: 780-447-3600 ext. 3742
Email: rlines@albertaspca.org