Alberta woman charged with dog hoarding and cruelty in bed in Manitoba


An Alberta woman accused of dog hoarding and animal cruelty, who was believed to be living in Jamaica for a period, has been arrested in Manitoba.

RCMP wants her back in Alberta to face charges.

More than 200 dogs were seized from the Milk River, Alta., Property of April Dawn Irving, then 55 years old, in 2014.

The seizure was the worst case of neglect and animal rescue society says it has ever seen.

Irving also had more than 80 dogs taken from her property near Foam Lake, Sask., In 2010. That resulted in her being slapped with a 10-year ban on owning more than two dogs a time.

She was convicted under Saskatchewan's Animal Protection Act after she was accused of operating a puppy mill in 2013 and also faced charges in Fort McMurray under Alberta's Animal Protection Act that were later dropped.

Animal welfare workers in Jamaica said Irving was living there in 2017, after failing to show up to court dates in Lethbridge the previous year.

Police say Irving, who at times went to "Carol," was picked up late Wednesday in Manitoba at Stonewall RCMP.

"Irving is currently in custody in Manitoba and is awaiting transportation back to Alberta," RCMP spokesperson Paul Manaigre said Friday.

The Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS), which originally helped the SPCA size Irving's 201 Milk River dogs, said it looks forward to a court date.

"We never gave up hope that she would have one day stand trial," AARCS wrote in a Facebook post.

"Our hope now is that today and these defenseless animals will finally have the justice they deserve."

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