News Release

August 29, 2012

Cattle dogs seized from Priddis ranch doing well, being assessed for temperament

The 42 cattle dogs that the Alberta SPCA seized from a ranch near Priddis, Alberta, earlier this month are being assessed for their suitability for adoption. The dogs had been in the care of Trevor Kloschinsky, who was charged with the August 10 murder of peace officer Rod Lazenby.

Following Kloschinsky’s arrest, one injured dog was taken to a veterinary clinic for medical treatment. It is recuperating well and remains in the care of clinic staff. The Alberta SPCA collected the remaining 41 dogs from the ranch on the evening of August 13. It dispersed those dogs to four different facilities for housing during the legal hold period.

“Our officers and Calgary Animal Services collected the dogs under difficult conditions, and it took until 1 a.m.,” says Terra Johnston, executive director of the Alberta SPCA. “The dogs were not socialized, and catch poles had to be used to control them.”

A licensed Alberta veterinarian has assessed 25 of the dogs so far, and she judged them to be suitable for adoption. The remaining dogs will be assessed later this week. The legal status of the dogs is yet to be determined, and the Alberta SPCA would not be able to transfer ownership until next week at the earliest.

“These dogs were seized under extremely unusual circumstances, which added to the length of time we’ve been required to hold them,” says Johnston. “The Alberta SPCA is grateful for the assistance of the wonderful animal agencies and rescue groups that have helped us care for the dogs during this time.”

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For further information, please contact

Roland Lines
Communications Manager, Alberta SPCA
10806 - 124 Street NW
Edmonton, AB  T5M 0H3
Tel: 780-447-3600 ext. 3742