A Milk River woman, who had more than 200 dogs seized from her property in December and January, appeared in a Lethbridge court Wednesday.
April Dawn Irving was greeted by half a dozen animal rights activists protesting current animal cruelty laws.
While Irving appeared in court with her face covered and wearing sunglasses, Anita Virginillo tells City News this isn’t just about her, it’s about changing how people are punished for crimes against animals.
“If she’s convicted, we want to see the maximum penalty enforced and banned from ever, ever having another animal in her care ever again,” Virginillo said. “We need to have this, if convicted, be under the criminal code, so that we’re not talking about this two years from now.”
Irving’s case has been put over to March 2.