Man Sentenced in West Lethbridge Animal Seizure Case

David Petiot, 61, pleaded guilty Friday afternoon (Jan. 26) to a charge of failing to provide adequate care for injured animals. More than 100 dogs were found in his home in March 2017.

A 61-year old Lethbridge man accused of having more than 100 dogs has been handed a $100 fine and cannot own a dog or cat for one year. Back in March 2017, the Alberta SPCA seized the animals from a home on the west side in the Varsity Village neighborhood. Court heard that the house was covered in feces and urine, and an air quality test revealed that the fumes were harmful to the animals. The SPCA investigation notes that some of the dogs had serious dental disease, necrotizing eye infections, were malnourished, had matted hair and another was found dead. David Petiot pleaded guilty Friday afternoon (Jan. 26) to a charge of failing to provide adequate care for injured animals, an offence that carries a maximum fine of $20,000. The Crown noting, however, that Petiot had completed a mental health diversion program, meaning the punishment would be reduced. The defence also added that he and his wife are now living on a larger property. The presiding judge agreed to a $100 fine, as well as a condition that he cannot own a dog or cat for three years, with the exception that he will be able to own one dog during the second and third year of the sentence. An additional charge of causing or allowing animals to be in distress was withdrawn. -Sam Borsato

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