Alberta Mirror

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Edmonton cops target to decrease other illegal act

Key takeaways: 

  • Edmonton Police Service probed almost 400 events of animal outrage the previous year. 
  • Puppy mills are between the kinds of animal harm to be probed by the current Edmonton cops unit. 
  • The Havanese dogs were amongst 72 caught in 2019 from an alleged Edmonton dog mill. 

Cops’ target to reduce animal cruelty: 

Understanding the connection between animal torture and other kinds of violence, the Edmonton Police Service has developed Canada’s first research unit committed to offensive behaviour toward pets and domestic animals.

“Research has shown therein an unequivocal link between animal cruelty, domestic violence, child and elder abuse investigations,” stated Staff Sgt. Anna Sinclair in a press release on Tuesday.  Source –

“Offenders who abuse animals are likely to commit other violent crimes causing harm to persons and society in general.” Source –

The Animal Cruelty Investigation Unit will be managed up by two officials who have used the new Year study about animal brutality problems and probes, then training other EPS members about animal brutality probes and the connection to larger criminal action.

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The system, which runs beside the city’s Animal Care and Control Centre officers, veterinarians and rural Crown prosecutors, is being viewed with interest by cities over the nation, told Const. Ted Dyck, one of the unit’s officers.

“Edmontonians would be quite shocked at the files we’re catching and the files we’re investigating” about the “very sinister and heinous stuff that people do to animals,” Dyck stated. Source –

EPS studied more than 400 events of animal brutality last year, varying from critical neglect and hunger to physical damage, puppy mills and bestiality. 

In 2017, there were around 270 animal exploitation probes.

Const. Ilka Cunningham stated her concern in animal brutality cases derived from a love of animals and the unique legal difficulties of the probes.

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