Tighten Animal Abuse Laws After Breeder Received Only a Fine For Neglecting 89 Cats

Target: Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta

Goal: Ensure that animal abusers are properly punished for their crimes.

A breeder who plead guilty to neglecting 89 cats has gotten off with a $5,000 fine, or just over $50 per cat. While the judge handed down a lifetime ban on animal ownership, breeder Ruth Sogz will still be allowed to own two cats. The fine will not even cover the costs of care that animal shelters had to take on, and the fact that she is still allowed to own two cats leaves them at risk for abuse.

Calgary Humane Society peace officers removed almost 90 cats from Sogz’s home. The animals had respiratory issues due to the extreme amount of urine present in the home. Many had other health issues, including eyes and nostrils plagued by weeping infections, and communicable diseases. Only about one third of the cats could be saved and adopted — 60 had to be euthanized due to their extremely poor health.

According to Humane Society officials, the fine is one of the toughest penalties handed out to those who violate the Animal Protection Act. While the judge did the best he could in ensuring justice for these animals, subjecting 89 cats to such horrific treatment for so long should be punished far more harshly than this. Sign the petition below to ask for harsher animal cruelty penalties, which will serve to deter potential offenders from similar neglect in the future as well as ensure that abused animals do receive the justice they deserve.


Dear Ms. Notley,

A woman recently plead guilty to animal cruelty for the neglect of 89 cats in her home, 60 of which had to be euthanized due to the poor state of their health. She was given a $5,000 fine, which works out to a little over $50 per cat. This will not cover the costs of care that animal shelters had to provide to these cats, which had infections, respiratory issues, and communicable diseases.

While this is one of the harshest penalties ever handed down in a case like this, it is not enough. In order to ensure that justice is served for abused animals and that potential offenders are further deterred from crimes of animal cruelty, penalties must be higher. We ask you to make stronger penalties for animal abuse a priority for you and your party.


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  1. this bitch should never be allowed to own another animal ever what kind of laws do they have there to allow her to keep any animal this is why there’s so much abuse they get away with it

  2. Nooshin Perla says:

    This is a JOKE the biggest joke! What is wrong with this country??? We are supposedly civilized. LOL What makes us any better than China and other uncivilized country??? This woman is a MURDERER!!!! She should have been punished and pay for what she did!! For God sake people in charge wakeup and get serious. Sick people are getting away with murder.

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