Tracey Angell pleaded guilty in Westlock Provincial Court on April 3, 2019 to one count under the Animal Protection Act (APA) of causing animals to be in distress. Two additional charges under the APA were withdrawn. Angell was fined $2,000 dollars and given a 10 year prohibition from owning no more than four horses. As part of the prohibition order, a Peace Officer can attend her property at any reasonable time to inspect the horses, and seize any animals in excess of the prohibition order.
In December 2018, the Alberta SPCA received a public complaint of several dead horses on a property in the Athabasca area. Upon investigation, Peace Officers found three dead horses; eight others were deemed to be in distress. Peace Officers executed a general warrant and seized the eight remaining horses.