Animal Protection

Tracey Angell

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 Two additional charges under the APA were withdrawn.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.

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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