Recent Convictions under the Animal Protection Act

As a result of their investigations, Alberta SPCA peace officers lay charges on average about 18 times a year. Many prosecutions take more than a year to arrive at a verdict.

In 2015, Animal Protection Act prosecutions resulted in 22 convictions and 4 withdrawn cases. Nine of those convictions involved the welfare of dogs, six involved horses, four involved cattle and one each involved cats, donkeys and llamas. Sentences included 15 new prohibition orders in 2015.

The Alberta SPCA maintains a full list of active prohibition orders in its jurisdiction. That list includes links to more detailed descriptions of many of the related investigations.

Here are some of the most recent convictions resulting from Alberta SPCA investigations:

(last updated Jan. 2, 2018)

Richard Smith (June 22, 2017)

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Smith pleaded guilty to one charge under the Animal Protection Act for failing to provide proper care for horses. He was fined $1,000 and is prohibited for life from having ownership, charge, care or control of horses.


Linda Heikel (June 22, 2017)

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Heikel pleaded guilty to one charge under the Animal Protection Act for failing to provide proper care for horses. She was fined $1,000 and is prohibited for life from having ownership, charge, care or control of horses.


Gary Sparshu (December 13, 2016)

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Sparshu pleaded guilty to one charge under the Animal Protection Act for causing or allowing horses to be in distress and one charge of violating a previous prohibition order. He was fined a total of $6,650 and prohibited for 15 years from owning any cattle or horses.


Janice Bourdon (November 9, 2016)

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Bourdon was found guilty of two charges under the Animal Protection Act for failing to provide proper care for horses. She was fined $2,000, ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution and is prohibited for 10 years from owning horses.


John Montgomery Dugan (September 27, 2016)

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Dugan was found guilty of one charge under the Animal Protection Act for causing or allowing cattle to be in distress. He was fined $2,000.


Doraine Jensen (September 20, 2016)

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Jensen pleaded guilty to one charge under the Animal Protection Act for causing or allowing dogs to be in distress. She was fined $3,000 and is prohibited for life from breeding, selling or advertising for sale any domestic dog and from allowing any domestic dog breeding or sales operation to take place on her property. She is also prohibited for 10 years from owning or keeping any more than three dogs, all of which must be spayed or neutered.


Ryan Smith (August 30, 2016)

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Smith pleaded guilty to one charge under the Animal Protection Act for causing or allowing cattle to be in distress. He was fined $2,300.


Kevin Fox (July 12, 2016)

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Fox was found guilty under the Animal Protection Act for failing to provide proper care for horses. He was fined $1,000 and is prohibited for two years from having custody of any animals besides possessing no more than one horse at any time.


Tyra Schamehorn (June 15, 2016)

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Schamehorn was found guilty of three charges under the Animal Protection Act for causing or allowing sheep to be in distress, failing to provide adequate food and water, and failing to treat sickness or injury. She was fined $2,000 and is prohibited for five years from owning any sheep.


Charles Munroe (April 18, 2016)

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Munroe was found guilty under the Animal Protection Act for causing injury to a horse. He was fined $2,875.


Lon Edward Murphy (April 15, 2016)

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Murphy was found guilty of two charges under the Animal Protection Act for causing or allowing a dog to be in distress and for failing to provide adequate food and water. He was fined $200.


Ricki Beedell (April 8, 2016)

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Beedell pleaded guilty under the Animal Protection Act for causing or allowing dogs to be in distress. She is prohibited for two years from owning or keeping more than three dogs, all of which must be spayed or neutered.


Gary Beedell (April 8, 2016)

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Beedell pleaded guilty under the Animal Protection Act for causing or allowing dogs to be in distress. He is prohibited for two years from owning or keeping more than three dogs, all of which must be spayed or neutered.


Ronald Meszaros (April 7, 2016)

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Meszaros pleaded guilty to one charge under the Animal Protection Act for causing or allowing his dog to be in distress. He was fined $100 and is prohibited for five years from possessing any animals.


Leah Willerton (April 4, 2016)

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Willerton was found guilty of two charges under the Animal Protection Act for causing or allowing her dog to be in distress and for failing to provide adequate food and water. She was fined $1,000.


Tyson Schmidt (February 5, 2016)

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Schmidt was found guilty of one charge under the Animal Protection Act for causing or allowing his dog to be in distress. He was fined $650 and is prohibited for 10 years from owning or caring for any animals other than the two cats currently living in the house, which must both be spayed.


Brandy Vonau (February 5, 2016)

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Vonau was found guilty of one charge under the Animal Protection Act for causing or allowing her dog to be in distress. She was fined $300 and is prohibited for 10 years from owning dogs and from caring for dogs for a period greater than 24 hours.


Jaleesa Gach (December 23, 2015)

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Gach pleaded guilty to one charge under the Animal Protection Act for causing or allowing her dog to be in distress. She was fined $100 and is prohibited for five years from owning any dogs.


Simon Keusch (November 9, 2015)

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Keusch pleaded guilty to one charge under the Animal Protection Act for causing or allowing llamas to be in distress. He was fined $5,000 and is prohibited for three years from owning or being in charge of any livestock, except for the sole purpose of transporting livestock to or from Pride Meats and Fine Foods in Sherwood Park as part of his employment there.


Dave Bethel (October 23, 2015)

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Bethel pleaded guilty to three charges under the Animal Protection Act for causing or allowing reptiles and amphibians to be in distress, for failing to provide them with adequate food and water, and for failing to treat illness and injury. He was fined $2,000 and is prohibited for 10 years from owning, caring for, or being responsible for any reptiles or amphibians.


Martin Benedict (October 23, 2015)

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Benedict pleaded guilty to two charges under the Animal Protection Act for causing or allowing horses to be in distress and for failing to provide horses with adequate food and water. He was fined $1,200 and is prohibited for five years from owning any horses.


Marlene Douglas (October 15, 2015)

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Douglas pleaded guilty to one charge under the Animal Protection Act for causing or allowing dogs to be in distress. She was ordered to pay $945 in restitution.


Gillian Majeau (August 25, 2015)

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Majeau pleaded guilty to one charge under the Animal Protection Act for causing or allowing cats to be in distress. She was fined $1,000 and is prohibited for five years from owning any cats.


Tammy Janet Morrison (August 17, 2015)

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Morrison pleaded guilty to one charge under the Animal Protection Act for causing or allowing horses to be in distress. She was fined $3,500 and is prohibited for five years from owning or having custody, charge or care of more than eight horses.


Jocelyn Proulx (July 2, 2015)

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Proulx was found guilty of one charge under the Animal Protection Act for failing to provide adequate food for his horses. He was fined $750 and is prohibited for three years from owning any horses. After three years, he is prohibited for life from having more than two horses.