A woman with ties to the Hanna area appears in Red Deer Provincial Court on Tuesday, September 18 to answer animal abuse charges related to a bizarre incident in Innisfail and some human friends of animals will be there to witness it.

RCMP arrested Karin Adams on July 17 after finding eight dogs in her motel room. She's also charged with impersonating an animal control officer to try and seize another dog.

A group called Red Deer Animal Rights Activists plans to be there for her court appearance.

"I formed this (Facebook) page because I had said enough is enough," noted spokesman Rosalee Krahn. "How much longer do we have to watch a case like Karin and Catherine Adams getting away with animal cruelty before things start changing?"

Catherine, who is Karin Adams' daughter, was found guilty of abusing horses and dogs near Hanna and will be sentenced in Drumheller Provincial Court on November 2. Both women have previous criminal records for the same charges.

Krahn and other animal activists picketed outside the Red Deer Courthouse during Karin Adams' last court appearance and they plan to be there again on Tuesday.

"We very strongly feel that as a civilized society, we have a complete responsibility to protect those who cannot protect themselves," she told Drum FM. "We feel very strongly that current sentencing for animal cruelty is not proportionate to the crimes that animal abusers are committing."

Our short-term goal is to draw public attention, obviously, to the Adamses because we believe their case will set the precedent for why federal regulation and legislation needs to be updated; it's there, but it needs to be updated."

Krahn's group also wants the government to clamp down on backyard breeding, a multi-million dollar industry that uses the internet and unscrupulous pet stores to market so-called 'designer dogs.'

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