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More than 61 animal distress complaints reported to Alberta SPCA in 2 days
Published Tuesday, January 14, 2020 1:07PM MST Last Updated Tuesday, January 14, 2020 5:42PM MST
This cat was one of three surrendered from the Thorsby area during a cold snap on Jan. 13, 2020. (Source: Alberta SPCA)
EDMONTON -- The Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is especially busy this week, fielding a record number of animal distress complaints and opening investigations as the cold snap continues.
A spokesperson for the Alberta SPCA said they had received 31 complaints on Monday and an additional 30 on Tuesday.
Three cats were surrendered in the Thorsby area on Monday after they were found living in an old vehicle for shelter.
The Alberta SPCA enforces the province's animal protection legislation. The Animal Protection Act requires owners to provide protection and shelter from the cold.
The province is under an extreme cold warning, expected to continue through the weekend. Temperatures could drop as low as -45 to -50 degrees with the wind chill.
Anyone who sees an animal in distress is asked to call the Animal Protection Line at 1-800-455-9003.