Warrant issued for 2 women following rescue of 52 "neglected" cats

Oct 22 2019, 12:03 pm

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A number of suffering cats have been rescued, and some euthanized, as a result of an animal cruelty investigation in Edmonton.

According to a release from Edmonton Police Service, warrants have been issued for the arrest of two women in relation to the investigation, which led to the rescue of 52 neglected cats.

“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 had observed multiple cats living in deplorable conditions at the residence and in a motor home parked on the property,” said the release.

Police are looking for 38-year-old Kelly Jenner and 32-year-old Alisha Leclercq, who are each facing multiple charges under the Criminal code and the Animal Protection Act.

rescued cats

Edmonton Police Service

A hazmat team from Edmonton Fire and Rescue Services were called into the residence as a result of “extreme levels of ammonia from cat defecation and decaying animal flesh.”

According to police, a majority of the cats found within the house and motor home were in poor health, and were discovered “surrounded by feces, urine, and syringes throughout the two dwellings. A decomposing feline was also discovered inside the motor home.”

As a result of serious health issues caused by “deplorable living conditions,” a total of 37 cats were euthanized and the residence has been boarded up by city officials.

rescued cats

Edmonton Police Service

According to police, a majority of the cats found within the house and motor home were in poor health, and were discovered “surrounded by feces, urine, and syringes throughout the two dwellings. A decomposing feline was also discovered inside the motor home.”

As a result of serious health issues caused by “deplorable living conditions,” a total of 37 cats were euthanized and the residence has been boarded up by city officials.

rescued cats

Edmonton Police Service

The Edmonton Police Service is asking anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Kelly Jenner and Alisha Leclercq to contact them.