Animal Protection

Peter and Linda Spahr

Peter Hans SPAHR and Linda C. SPAHR of the Tofield area pleaded guilty on August 21, 2019 in Vegreville Provincial Court to two counts each of causing an animal to be in distress under the Animal Protection Act (APA) 2(1) and for failing to provide veterinary care for an animal that is sick or injured 2.1(b). Peter SPAHR pleaded guilty to one additional charge of obstruction of a peace officer under the APA.

Peter and Linda SPAHR received a prohibition order that they may not own or have joint care or custody of more than fourteen (14) horses for a period of fifteen (15) years. The Court also granted the Alberta SPCA authority to attend properties owned by the Spahrs, without warrant, to inspect the horses and ensure compliance with the order. The Court also granted the Alberta SPCA authority to immediately seize all animals on the property in the event of a breach of the prohibition order.

The Court ordered Peter SPAHR to pay a fine of $5,000 and Linda SPAHR to pay a fine of $2,000 as part of the sentence.

The prohibition order is in effect from September 6, 2019 to September 5, 2034.

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.

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