Animal Protection

Recent Convictions & Prohibition Orders

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 2016, Animal Protection Act prosecutions resulted in 16 convictions.  Two cases were withdrawn and one remains before the courts.  Seven of those convictions involved the welfare of dogs, five involved horses, three dealt with cattle and one was related to goats.  Sentences included 9 new prohibition orders in 2016.

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 Apr 3, 2019)

Recent Convictions from Alberta SPCA investigations

ANGELL, Tracy

Tracy Angell pleaded guilty in Westlock Provincial Court on April 3, 2019 to one count under the Animal Protection Act (APA) of causing animals to be in distress. Two additional charges under the APA were withdrawn. Angell was fined $2,000 dollars and given a 10 year prohibition from owning no more than four horses. As

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Ashley Ayaghchi

Ashley Ayaghchi pleaded guilty to two charges under the Animal Protection Act of causing livestock to be in distress and for failing to provide adequate food and water. She was fined $3,000 and and given a 5 year prohibition from owning any livestock.

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Marlene Glasgow

Marlene Glasgow pleaded guilty to two charges under the Animal Protection Act of causing horses to be in distress and for failing to provide adequate food and water. She was fined $3,000 and given a 10 year prohibition from owning horses.

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Kathleen Cole & Jo Kamin

Cole and Kamin each pleaded guilty to one charge under the Animal Protection Act of causing horses to be in distress. Each was fined $500. Kathleen Cole is prohibited from owning more than 2 horses for a period of 10 years, Kamin is prohibited from owning more than 1 horse for a period of 10 years. Release

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Jim Onyschuk

Jim Onyschuk pleaded guilt to one charge under the Animal Protection Act of causing cattle to be in distress. He was fined $2,000. Onyschuk is prohibited for life from owning more than 30 cattle, effective Dec 5th, 2018. Release

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Martin Decker

Decker pleaded guilty to one charge under the Animal Protection Act for causing or allowing hogs to be in distress. He was fined $1,500.

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Active Prohibition Orders

ANGELL, Tracy

Tracy Angell pleaded guilty in Westlock Provincial Court on April 3, 2019 to one count under the Animal Protection Act (APA) of causing animals to be in distress. Two additional charges under the APA were withdrawn. Angell was fined $2,000 dollars and given a 10 year prohibition from owning no more than four horses. As

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ONYSCHUK, Jim

Jim Onyschuk is prohibited for life from owning more than 30 cattle.  The ban is effective Dec 5, 2018. Dec 5, 2018 for life

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COLE, Kathleen

Kathleen Cole is prohibited from owning more than 2 horses for a period of 10 years. Nov 13, 2018 to Nov 13, 2028 

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Kamin, Jo

Jo Kamin is prohibited from owning more than 1 horse for a period of 10 years. Nov 13, 2018 to Nov 13, 2028

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When you call our Animal Distress Line 1-800-455-9003 we open up a file similar to a police investigation. In order to do so, we need timely, first-hand details to proceed.

What Should you Expect

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Alberta SPCA Peace Officers sometimes need to take animals into protective custody. When they do so, the officers will post a notice at the former location of the animals stating the reason for the seizure.

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