1-800-455-9003

Animal Protection Line

Animal Protection

Richard Jacob Smith

Richard Jacob Smith pleaded guilty on June 22, 2017 to one charge under the Animal Protection Act for failing to provide proper care for horses. He was fined $1,000 and is prohibited for life from having ownership, charge, care or control of horses. If Richard Smith fails to comply with this order, the Alberta SPCA or RCMP shall seize and remove any horses owned by Linda Heikel or Richard Jacob Smith or under their charge, care or control whether or not the horses are in distress. Linda Heikel may apply to have the prohibition order reviewed as of June 22, 2027.

On June 23, 2015, Richard Jacob Smith pleaded guilty to two charges under the Animal Protection Act for causing or allowing horses to be in distress. He was fined $5,000 and placed on probation for three years.

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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