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Canadian woman convicted of starving 2 dogs is still allowed to own up to 4 as pets

There’s a lot of unhappy animal lovers after a sentence was handed down to a 21-year-old Calgary woman in a severe neglect case.

Amanda Pollock, 21, was convicted of Animal Protection Act Offences and sentenced to a $1,500 fine and a 10-year prohibition, which limits were to owning four dogs.

Any dogs she owns have to be spayed or neutered and require annual veterinary reports, allowing for peace officer monitoring.

<who>Photo Credit: Calgary Humane Society

However, many people commenting on the Calgary Humane Society’s (CHS) release about the case feel like the punishment isn’t adequate for how serious the crime was.

Two emaciated border collies were seized from Pollock on Dec. 1, 2017 after a 911 call was made regarding the condition of the dogs.

CHS peace officers found both of them confined to a single small cage when they arrived.

A veterinary examination found that the dogs had been severely malnourished to the point of emaciation and severely dehydrated as well.

<who>Photo Credit: Calgary Humane Society]

Brad Nichols, senior manager of animal cruelty investigations at the CHS, said that the guilty plea is an encouraging sign of accountability.

“There was some concern that the distressed state of the dogs was not appreciated by Ms. Pollock throughout this process,” he said. “This outcome will ensure that the dogs may be monitored throughout the term of the order.”

“As a relatively young offender, there is hope that by the conclusion of this order, Ms. Pollock will be capable of making more responsible, welfare based decisions for her pets.”

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