On September 26, 2022, Colin Edge of the Rochester area pleaded guilty to allowing animals to be in distress. The Alberta SPCA received a public complaint in November of 2021 that cattle were potentially in distress due to a lack of feed. Over the course of the investigation, an Alberta Peace Officer found three dead calves and 25 dead chickens. A number of other cattle were deemed to be in distress due to a lack of food and water and were seized.
Mr. Edge was charged with three offences under the Animal Protection Act (APA) for allowing animals to be in distress 2(1), for failing to provide adequate food and water 2.1(a), and for failing to provide appropriate medical care to an animal that is sick or wounded 2.1(b). Mr. Edge was convicted on a single count of allowing animals to be in distress while the other charges were withdrawn. He was fined $3,500.