A popular Canadian crime-tip website is requesting the public's help in finding a 57-year-old woman who is wanted in relation to charges of animal cruelty.
The posting is the first of its kind on Saskatoon Crime Stoppers, which has never listed a suspect of animal cruelty before.
April Irving has been at large since 2016, when she failed to show up to court after 201 dogs were seized from her care near Lethbridge, Alberta.
In 2010, Irving was convicted for animal distress and prohibited from owning more than two dogs at once after 80 were taken from her property.
There have been multiple reported sightings of Irving in and around Negril, Jamaica since her missed court date.
Debbie Lightheart, of Negril Spay and Neuter Clinic, says Irving brought in two 'emaciated dogs' and was calling herself 'Carol'.
She added: "The one dog should have been put down at that time, because you could tell everything was shutting down on the dog, but she wouldn't take the vet's advice and said that she could heal it."
Thomas, a veterinarian with the Jamaica Society for the Protection of Animals [JSPCA], said Irving has come in to the centre looking to adopt, but that he
refused 'because of past experience with her'.
Despite warrants for Irving’s arrest in Alberta and Saskatchewan, she can't be immediately arrested - or stopped from leaving the country - in any other province.
The executive director of Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan, Kelly Pugh, called the situation 'absurd'.
She added: "It's really unfortunate that there's these loopholes in the system that mean that people who we're looking for here can just leave the country."
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court.
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