Former Houston Resident Sentenced in Alberta for Animal Abuse

A woman convicted of animal cruelty when she lived in Houston four years ago has now been sentenced to jail time in Alberta.

Twenty-five-year old Catherine Adams has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for animal abuse that the judge called "substantial and criminal".

Adams was found guilty in February of animal cruelty and of wilfully causing pain, suffering or injury to an animal.

The charges stem from the seizure in 2015 of nine malnourished horses, 25 dogs and 17 birds from a property in Hanna, Alberta, that Adams shared with her mother.


[PHOTO:    Catherine Adams arrives at Drumheller, Alberta, court - Nov 2/18 -- Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press]

Judge Judith Shriar said a written submission from Adams expressing remorse after the sentencing hearing was too little and too late.

Shriar said Adams still hasn't accepted that she did anything wrong.

The judge also sentenced Adams to two years of probation and banned her from owning animals anywhere in Canada for the next 17 years.

In July, the BC SPCA announced it had seized distressed dogs from both Adams and her mother in Quesnel.