03/04/2015 12:47 EST | Updated 05/04/2015 05:59 EDT

April Iriving Faces News Charges After Dogs Found Dead On Property


LETHBRIDGE, Alta. - A southern Alberta woman who was charged after several dogs were found dead on her property faces several new charges under the province's Animal Protection Act.

The Alberta SPCA has laid 13 charges against April Dawn Irving related to more than 200 dogs who were seized from her rural home near Milk River.

The new charges against Irving, who is 55, allege she either caused or allowed dogs to be in distress and failed to provide them with adequate care.

In January, RCMP charged Irving with animal cruelty in the death of five dogs, who police said appeared to have died from starvation.

She is to appear in court Friday on the RCMP charge.

Irving recently said she has received death and torture threats because of the publicity surrounding the case.

The Alberta Rescue Crew Society, which helped seize some of the 200 dogs, called it one of the worst cases of neglect ever.

A society spokeswoman said the dogs were emaciated, dehydrated and with badly matted fur. Some had broken bones, gaping wounds and parasites.

The animals are a mix of huskies, Irish wolfhounds, malemutes and Komondors.

(CJOC, The Canadian Press)

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