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Colin Edge

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 Edge was convicted on a single count of allowing animals to be in distress while the other charges were withdrawn.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.

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What happens when you Call?

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

We open up a file similar to a police investigation. In order to do so, we need timely, first-hand details to proceed. When calling, we will ask for a few simple questions.

When Do We Seize Animals

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.

Investigating Neglect & Abuse

Our Peace Officers investigate every complaint we receive. We can only investigate if we have reasonable and probable grounds to believe there may have been an offence under the Animal Protection Act.

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