Abuser had more animals

A notorious B.C. animal abuser has been found guilty for breaching her probation, according to B.C. Court Services records.

Catherine Adams and her mother, Karin, were convicted of animal cruelty in 2015 following an SPCA investigation which included a 20-year ban on owning animals. She received 15 days in jail, a six-month conditional house arrest, and two years' of probation for that offence.

But, on July 4, 2018, the SPCA once again found 16 dogs in distress on a property in Quesnel.

A German shepherd, a Yorkshire terrier, a retriever, bull terriers, standard poodles, Portuguese water dogs, a Pekingese, corgi-border collie crosses, and miniature pinschers were all in crates too small for their sizes and were also in a poorly ventilated area, with little or no access to water and feces/urine-soaked matting. 

Catherine and her mother were the keepers of the animals. 

Adams is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 26 for a pre-sentence report. 

The 2015 conviction stemmed from a BC SPCA investigation in which constables seized 53 animals, including 18 horses, 18 large and small breed dogs, 15 birds, and two cats from their property near Houston, B.C.

The SPCA also removed 104 fish that were kept in "filthy conditions."

They were each ordered to pay $5,456 in restitution to the BC SPCA to offset the animals care costs. 

“It is extremely frustrating when we deal with repeat offenders, particularly those who breach the terms of their sentencing,” the SPCA's Marice Moriarty said in a release. “However, we are pleased that these dogs are now safe and are getting the attention and care they need.”

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