An Alberta pet-owner is facing serious consequences for her alleged treatment towards animals. On Thursday, July 30, it was reported that Alberta SPCA charged a woman with seven counts related to animal distress and neglect. The maximum penalty for each count is set at $20,000. 

Dan Kobe, the communications manager of Alberta SPCA (Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ) told Narcity in a statement that they actually opened up an investigation quite a few months back. 

"I can confirm we opened an investigation in regards to potential animals in distress on two rural properties southwest of Edmonton in April of 2020," he said. 

During their investigations, Alberta SPCA determined that many animals under the care of this woman "were in distress."

Therefore Peace Officers seized the animals from the property. But Alberta SPCA's statement went on to explain why they did what they did. 

"This action is not intended to be punitive in nature but to allow animals time to recuperate," said the statement. 

"I can confirm we removed a number of horses and cats from property to bring them into better health." 

Alberta SPCA identified the woman in question as Lenna Percheson. As a result of the investigation, she was charged with seven offences. 

The offences fall under the Animal Protection Act. The statement then broke down the offences. 

Percheson faces three counts of "causing an animal to be in distress," and two counts of "Failing to provide the animal with adequate care when the animal is wounded or ill." 

The remaining two offences are listed under "failing to ensure the animal has adequate food and water" and "failing to provide the animal with adequate shelter, ventilation and space." 

The maximum penalty for each offence is a $20,000 fine. So if she gets convicted under the full extent of the law, she would face a maximum fine of $140,000. 

The maximum penalty also includes a lifetime ban from owning animals.

The first court date in relation to the case has been scheduled for August 26, 2020, at Breton Provincial Court. 

The investigation is still ongoing, according to the statement. 

The article's cover photo was used for illustrative purposes only. 

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