April Irving Addresses Safety, Medical Concerns During Court Appearance

A woman from Milk River facing animal cruelty charges from four years ago expressing several concerns during a brief court appearance on Tuesday (Feb. 5).

April Irving, 59, appeared via CCTV from the Lethbridge Correctional Centre, where she remains in custody. Her lawyer, Bjoern Wolkmann, told the court that she's concerned for her safety after receiving death threats at the jail.
 
She also requested to visit a doctor to have a knee injury examined, which she says she suffered from a car accident while living in Jamaica last year.
 
While the judge noted that he cannot order the corrections centre to do anything, her concerns were put on the record.
 
Irving was charged in 2015 when more than 200 dogs were seized from her property. Five of the animals were found dead, while others were in severe distress. She was re-arrested last month in Manitoba after failing to appear in court for the past three years.
 
Irving will be back in court on Monday (Feb. 11).

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