On April 8, 2022 Patricia Moore was convicted in Stony Plain Provincial Court of four counts of causing horses to be in distress under the Animal Protection Act 2(1). Ms. Moore was charged following a public complaint of horses in distress on a property near Evansburg, Alberta. Ms. Moore had previously been convicted of causing horses to be in February of 2012 and at that time had received a five-year prohibition from owning more than two horses. As part of her most recent conviction, Ms. Moore has been ordered to pay an $8,000 fine and is prohibited for life from owning, caring for, or being in possession of any equine animals. On January 27, 2023 an appeal of the conviction was dismissed in Court of King’s Bench. Ms. Moore has until April 8, 2023 to divest herself of any horses in her care or control.
Report Animal in Distress
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.