Psych Assessment Ordered by Lethbridge Judge For Woman Accused of Animal Cruelty

April Dawn Irving, 59, will undergo a psychiatric evaluation at the Calgary Remand Centre.

April Irving, the woman charged with multiple animal cruelty offences, has been ordered to undergo a 30 day psychiatric evaluation.

She failed to show up to a previous out-of-custody assessment when she was originally arrested.

The new evaluation will take place at the Calgary Remand Centre (CRC), however she will remain at the jail in Lethbridge until there is room available at CRC. 

The evaluation will determine whether or not Irving is criminally responsible. 

Irving told court on Monday (Feb. 11) that she has received death threats from inmates while at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre and also alleges someone tried to kill her.

Irving is accused of keeping over 200 dogs on her property near Milk River, some of which died and numerous others were found in distress. She skipped the country a few years ago, failed to show up to court several times, and was re-arrested last month in Manitoba.

The case has been put over to March 13.

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