Dozens of suffering cats euthanized in connection to animal cruelty investigation

EDMONTON – The Edmonton Police Service issued warrants for the arrest of two women in connection to an animal cruelty investigation that resulted in the rescue of 52 neglected cats from a northwest area address.

Warrants were issued for the arrest of Kelly Jenner, 38, and Alisha Leclercq, 32. Both are facing charges under the Criminal Code of willfully cause pain, three counts of suffering or injury to an animal or bird, three counts of abandon an animal in distress or wilfully neglect or fail to provide suitable and adequate food, water, shelter and care for it.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, Edmonton’s Animal Care and Control Peace Officers executed a search warrant on a property near 112 Avenue and 95 Street with the assistance of EPS officers.

The Peace Officers observed multiple cats living in deplorable conditions at the residence and in a motor home parked on the property.

Extreme levels of ammonia from cat defecation and decaying animal flesh forced EPS officers to call in a hazmat team from Edmonton Fire and Rescue Services to enter the dwelling.

Once inside the residence and motor home, a total of 52 cats, a majority of which were in ill health, were discovered surrounded by feces, urine and syringes throughout the two dwellings. A decomposing feline was also discovered inside the motor home.

After executing a search warrant at the address, the distressed cats were seized. Sadly, a total of 37 cats were euthanized due to serious health issues. The residence has also since been condemned and boarded up by city officials.

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The two are also facing charges under the Animal Protection Act of causing an animal to be in distress, failing to ensure an animal has adequate food and water, fail to provide an animal with adequate care when it was wounded or ill and fail to provide an animal with adequate shelter, ventilation or space.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Kelly Jenner and Alisha Leclercq is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.

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