Edmonton police lay animal abuse charges as dog, cats found in suite reeking of urine

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City police have laid animal abuse charges against a 20-year-old man after one dog and several cats were found in an apartment reeking of urine and feces.

Edmonton police were called to a suite near 133 Street and 130 Avenue on Sunday evening for a complaint of alleged abuse against a dog, a news release said Wednesday. When officers arrived, they found five cats and a dog living in “uninhabitable” conditions.

Officers found the suite covered in urine and feces as well as garbage; a pungent odour of urine could be smelled outside of the suite. Police received reports that the dog had been abused as recently as Saturday evening. The animals were taken by officers and transported to the city’s animal care and control centre.

Talon Lastychuk, 20, is charged with causing unnecessary pain or suffering, and suffering or injury to an animal under the Criminal Code. He is also facing charges under the Animal Protection Act of causing an animal to be in distress and failure to provide adequate shelter, ventilation or space.

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