Dozens of rabbits and hamsters seized from home
Published Friday, September 19, 2014 9:12AM MDT Last Updated Friday, September 19, 2014 7:22PM MDT
The Calgary Humane Society seized 69 rabbits, 21 hamsters, one cat and one dog from a home in southeast Calgary on August 30th.
Twenty-one rabbits and five hamsters taken from a home in Erin Woods had to be euthanized because they were in such poor condition.
The Humane Society says the animals were removed because there wasn’t enough space in the home, the conditions were unsanitary, and there was medical neglect.
The Calgary Humane Society says it now has an abundance of rabbits available for adoption.
Brad Nichols, the Manager of Cruelty Investigations at the Calgary Humane Society said a member of the public called in a complaint.
"There was a concerned citizen that had seen a couple of the rabbits in poor condition, reported it to us, of course we had no idea what we were walking into as far as numbers and conditions but it became immediately apparent that they would all need to be removed once we did enter," said Nichols.
Nichols added it's been an unually busy year in Calgary in terms of animal seizures.
There have been over 600 animals seized from homes, including cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters, snakes, and reptiles.
"It's been a very busy year and those numbers are inflated by four or five mass seizures but we've been very busy this year and I'd like to think it's because there is more awareness that we exist and can intervene on behalf of suffering animals," said Nichols.
Typically there's no more than 250 animals seized in any given year.
A couple, Anthony and Chris Berry have been charged with 92 counts of the charge 445.1(1) wilfully cause or permit to be caused, unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal and 92 counts of the charge 446(1)(b) wilfully neglect or fail to provide adequate food, water, shelter and care for an animal.