A Calgary couple was fined Thursday morning on animal cruelty charges.
Anthony and Christine Berry were each fined 69-hundred dollars and banned from owning animals for life with the exception of one spayed or neutered cat or dog. The couple was charged in August 2014 when 92 animals were found in distress distress due to grossly unsanitary conditions, untreated medical concerns and a lack of basic necessities in an Erin Woods home.
The animals included rabbits, hamsters, a dog and a cat. Some had to be euthanized due to severe medical distress. During the seizure a peace officers was assaulted and threatened. Anthony Berry was remanded for several months prior to entering a guilty plea due to the assault on a peace officer and uttering threats in association with the seizure.
Calgary Human Society Animal Cruelty Investigations manager Brad Nichols says although the case is disturbing it is encouraging to see it taken seriously by the courts. “This case encapsulates many of our greatest concerns from the various types of severe neglect and hoarding, to the danger our officers faced when the owner became violent. This sentence reflects both the punitive aspect of the offences while also taking into account future animals with the prohibition. Considering the level of neglect and the fact the Berry’s were rabbit enthusiasts who were heavily involved in the show community makes it that much more important to keep them away from animals for a significant period.”