Man pleads not guilty to animal cruelty charges

Matt Gardner
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A case of alleged animal cruelty will be heading to trial this fall after the accused pled not guilty to both charges against him on Tuesday.

Prince Albert Provincial Court

Speaking at Prince Albert Provincial Court, defence attorney Greg Chovin entered not guilty pleas for each count on behalf of his client.

The judge adjourned the case to Thursday, Oct. 9 at 9:30 a.m. A full day has been set aside for the start of the trial.

The accusations at the heart of the case relate to a call the Prince Albert SPCA received in June 2013, which described an alleged act of animal cruelty in which it was reported that a dog had died.

Animal Protection Officers investigated the case and passed on their findings to the RCMP, who then laid charges against the accused.

We see this as an opportunity to go to trial … and we look forward to it. Debbie Lehner

Staff members from the SPCA were in attendance in court on Tuesday, when the accused was scheduled to enter his plea.

Following the adjournment of the court, executive director Debbie Lehner offered brief remarks on behalf of the SPCA.

“We see this as an opportunity to go to trial … and we look forward to it,” Lehner said.

Ryan Funk has been charged with causing unnecessary suffering to an animal under the Criminal Code of Canada and causing an animal to be in distress under the Animal Protection Act.

Organizations: Prince Albert Provincial Court, RCMP

Geographic location: Canada

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