A southern Alberta man was fined $1,500 after abandoning dozens of chickens inside a makeshift chicken coup in the Municipal District of Foothills. The Alberta SPCA received a complaint in March of 2019 of approximately 50 chickens that had been left in a travel trailer. When an Alberta Peace Officer arrived, he found about 35 dead chickens in the trailer and another 15 in distress with no food or water. The 15 live chickens were then provided food and water until they were rehomed.
The Alberta SPCA charged Donald Crevels with two charges under the Animal Protection Act for causing distress to animals 2(1.1) and for failing to provide adequate food and water 2.1(a). Crevels pleaded guilty to the charge of failing to provide adequate food and water in Turner Valley Provincial Court on August 27, 2019. The second charge of causing distress was withdrawn.