Emma Paulsen, of Langley, is accused of leaving the dogs inside of the back of her truck and allowing them to die of heat exhaustion; she is facing six charges for the May 2014 incident - of those charges, five are animal cruelty related and one is for public mischief.
After the dogs died, Paulsen first told the authorities that she had stopped to use a washroom at a Langley dog park, and claimed that during the ten minutes that she was away from her truck, six dogs vanished from the back. Following her claim, an intense search of the area commenced.
Paulsen later confessed to Petsearchers Canada that the dogs had actually died from heat exhaustion in the back of the truck; she claimed to have panicked after their death and created the lie to cover up the truth.
In a press release from the BC SPCA, BC SPCA chief prevention and enforcement officer Marcie Moriarty stated:
Every charge that we recommended – and really, every possible animal cruelty-related charge that she could have faced – has been approved,”
“We could not be more pleased.
According to the release, if convicted, Paulsen faces a maximum fine of $75,000, up to five years in jail and a ban of owning or having custody of animals for a period of time determined by the judge.
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