CALGARY — The Calgary Humane Society has seized more than 40 canines of various breeds from the residence of a veteran dog breeder.
Humane society spokesman Brad Nichols said there were crowding issues as well as concerns that conditions in the home were inappropriate for housing animals.
“It’s a high ammonia level. There’s feces and urine throughout the house,” said Nichols, who added it’s possible charges could be laid under animal protection legislation.
Police and bylaw officers were called to the residence Tuesday after a delivery person reportedly smelled a foul odour coming from the bungalow-style house.
Joanne Leussink, who lives nearby and was alerted by the delivery person, said she went into the house and was there less than five minutes before her eyes and throat started burning from the stench.
Bev Creed, who owns the home, told CTV Calgary that she has been dealing with her mother who has dementia.
Creed said her home wasn’t perfectly kept, but the dogs were not in distress.
“The house itself is not clean. The dogs themselves are clean. Their beds are clean. Their food is good. Their water is good,” she said.
Creed said having her animals taken from her is “extremely stressful.”
“I think it’s every dog owner’s nightmare that something like this would happen.”