07/08/2016 04:59 EDT | Updated 07/08/2016 05:00 EDT

April Dawn Irving, Accused Animal Abuser Misses Court Appearances In Alberta


SASKATOON — Animal Protection Services Saskatchewan is using social media to try to locate a woman wanted on a charge of animal cruelty in Alberta.

Kaley Pugh says the group is circulating a photo of April Dawn Irving, who is facing charges in Alberta.

Irving, who is 55, is charged with one count of cruelty to animals after five dogs were found dead on her property near Milk River along with more than 200 neglected animals that were seized in December 2014.

Irving was also charged in Saskatchewan in 2010 with operating a puppy mill in the Foam Lake area and was convicted and fined five thousand dollars in 2013.

An arrest warrant was issued in February when she failed to appear in court in Alberta.

Irving's lawyer withdrew from the case this week, saying his office has lost contact with her.

"She's essentially disappeared,'' Pugh stated. "She's supposed to be in trial in Alberta. She's had several appearances where she hasn't shown up, for one reason or another.''

Several dogs were seized from Irving in 2007 in Fort McMurray, Alta.


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