Crime & Court

Woman charged with animal cruelty granted bail

LETHBRIDGE – A woman facing 13 counts of cruelty to animals was granted bail.

April Dawn Irving, 59, appeared in Lethbrdige provincial court May 9.

Earlier this month she was found fit to stand trial after a court-ordered psychiatric assessment said she can be held criminally responsible. Irving was arrested in 2014 after more than 200 neglected animals were found in Milk River chained to stakes, dehydrated and starving.  Five dogs were also found starved to death.


Irving was ordered to live near Milk River and given conditions she must follow. The conditions include not owning pets and appearing in court when required.

She failed to appear in court in 2016. A warrant was issued and she was arrested in Manitoba and transferred to Alberta.

Her next court date is May 27 when her lawyer is expected to set a pre-trial conference.

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