Animal Protection Officers received concern of animals being abandoned

EDMONTON, AB (February 28, 2018) – On Tuesday, February 27, the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) Animal Protection Department seized a large number of animals from a local pet store located in West Edmonton Mall, after a concern was brought forward that the animals had been abandoned.

This is a large seizure of animals that includes, but is not limited to, small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.

“We received a call from someone concerned that these animals had been abandoned.  Our officers responded and determined that the concern was justified and began the process of seizing the animals and bringing them to EHS for proper care and attention,” said Peace Officer Bodnarchuk, Supervisor of Animal Protection Services. “The animals must undergo a mandatory hold period as outlined by the Animal Protection Act. Once that period has passed, EHS can determine next steps.”

The seizure was in accordance with the Animal Protection Act (APA), Sections 3 and 4.1. A peace officer is of the opinion, on reasonable and probable grounds, that the owner or person in charge of the animal is not likely to ensure that the animal’s distress is relieved or to ensure that the animal’s distress will continue to be relieved, or the owner or person in charge of the animal cannot be found immediately and informed of the animal’s distress. Further, an abandoned animal is defined by the APA as one that is left for more than 24 hours without adequate food, water or shelter, is left for five or more days after the expected retrieval time where an animal is being boarded, or is found on premises where a tenancy agreement has been terminated.

“We appreciate the assistance West Edmonton Mall has provided during the seizure and investigation to ensure the animals are looked after,” added Peace Officer Bodnarchuk.

Due to an ongoing investigation regarding these animals, details are limited.  EHS will release more information regarding the investigation, and when the animals go up for adoption as it becomes available.

EHS is in urgent need of monetary donations to cover the cost of the specialized care and supplies that these animals require. Donations can be made online here.

Edmonton Humane Society relies on the public to be their eyes and ears. If you have first-hand knowledge of animals being neglected or abandoned within the City of Edmonton, please contact the Edmonton Humane Society’s Animal Protection Services at 780-491-3517 or report your concern online at The key step in this process is someone coming forward with first-hand knowledge.

As a leader in the advancement of animal welfare, the Edmonton Humane Society enriches the lives of people and companion animals through animal sheltering, programs and services, and community engagement. For more information, visit


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