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Alberta SPCA Peace Officers investigate thousands of complaints of animals in distress each year, with many of the neglect and abuse cases being complex. This is why Alberta SPCA Peace Officers often partner with police, bylaw and other peace officers in their specific municipalities to help animals in distress. This type of cooperation was on full display late last year as our Animal Protection Team and local municipal enforcement worked to successfully remove and gain legal custody of numerous dogs from an organization.

Alberta SPCA Peace Officers and municipal officers had ongoing but separate interactions with this organization prior to December 2023, however it took working together to finally move forward.

In December, the teams, along with a veterinarian, went inside the facility to check on dogs and determine which animals were in distress. Alberta SPCA Peace Officers seized a number of dogs at that time and placed them with one of our caretakers.

One week later, local municipal enforcement performed the seizure of additional dogs under the authority of the Animal Protection Act, while our
organization arranged for a safe place for the dogs to go, as well as for transportation.

We are very proud of our partnerships as we work with Alberta’s animal welfare organizations to ensure the best outcomes for animals. This case is a prime example of the work that happens throughout the year with police, bylaw and peace officers across Alberta. In some cases, police officers may assist our team as they attend a property where there’s concern for officer safety. At other times, local bylaw and peace officers who are geographically much closer to the animals may check on their welfare on our behalf to ensure a timely response, and in some cases, we are asked to share our experience and expertise on the Animal Protection Act with local enforcement agencies.

Once animals are in our care, the partnerships take on a different shape. We rely on sheltering agencies to find homes for many of the animals seized by or surrendered to our Peace Officers. We ensure the animals receive important veterinary care, then we transfer the animals to a sheltering partner who may continue to work on rehabilitating the animal before ultimately putting the pet up for adoption and placing them with a loving family.

The animal welfare system in Alberta involves many groups who strive to improve the lives of animals. Some of these organizations work within a geographical area while others have a niche focus for the work they do. Regardless, the efforts of one organization often touch the work of another, but ultimately we have the same goal. When we work together, not only does it help the animals, it ensures we are working more efficiently. And in the case of this file, numerous dogs will now have the opportunity to find loving families thanks to the combined efforts of numerous animal welfare groups.

Dan Kobe

Dan Kobe

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