A woman linked to an animal abuse case in Hanna is facing charges after RCMP in Innisfail recovered eight dogs from a motel room.
Karin Adams, age 46, was arrested Tuesday night, July 17 after Mounties received a complaint of a suspicious woman. The following day police entered the motel room and found eight dogs housed in kennels.
"The room was very small and cramped (and) the dogs were in kennels," reported Sergeant Lori Eiler of the Innisfail RCMP. "They were being fed and watered but the temperature in that room and lack of airflow and the apparent distress of the dogs when we went in, with the barking and whining, we determined that just wasn't an appropriate environment for animals to be living in."
"We've managed to track seven of the eight animals back to their original owners and they were all either given to her or sold to her via selling sites such as Kijiji," added Sgt. Eiler. "We would like to really encourage people if you're having to re-home your pet to really make sure that you're doing background checks and even to go to a rescue agency."
Adams is the mother of Catherine Adams, who will be sentenced next month after being found guilty of two counts of animal cruelty involving dogs, horses and other animals at the Hanna area property where she lived. The two women were convicted in 2015 in a case involving over 100 animals and were banned from owning animals for 20 years in BC. They are also facing new charges after 16 dogs were rescued from a residence in Quesnel, BC earlier this month.
The latest charges against Karin Adams include harbouring more than three dogs, failing to have licensed dogs, trespassing, mischief and impersonating a peace officer.
"Our information is that the complaintant called the police and expressed her concern that a female had shown up at her residence asking questions about her dog and letting her know that she was working with law enforcement and attempted to take her dog," explained Sgt. Eiler.
Adams was released by a justice of the peace with multiple conditions including a prohibition from owning, looking after or living in a place with pets. She is to appear in Red Deer Provincial court on July 31.