Stettler man recants story about abandoned cats

Alberta SPCA still investigating and will get to the ‘truth’

Despite reports motorists had spotted bins in the ditch as early as Monday, a man who said he found 15 cats abandoned between Stettler and Erskine has recanted his story.

Originally the man said he noticed what he thought was garbage in the ditch so he investigated and found nine kittens and six adult cats trapped in containers, which had holes in them but the lids were taped shut.

“He said he felt awful for lying and needed to come clean,” said Deanna Thompson, Executive Director for Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) in a phone interview from Calgary. “He said he didn’t find them but they were family cats.”

Thompson wouldn’t reveal the man’s name but verified he lives in Stettler.

She said the man claimed the cats belonged to a family member who wasn’t able to take care of them. He was concerned about the welfare of the cats and the children in the home but couldn’t find anywhere that would accept the cats.

Thompson said that the AARCS received phone calls from individuals who said they saw the bins alongside the road for days and as early as Monday.

Dan Kobe, spokesperson for the Alberta SPCA, said he is aware that the man recanted his story but added that there is still an active investigation.

Whether or not the recantation is true, Kobe said if animals were put in distress charges will be laid.

“We will search for the truth for sure,” he said in a phone interview. “Ultimately what we are looking to find out is if someone put animals in distress and if they did we can lay charges.

“Under either version of the story, the potential exists to be charged.”

READ MORE: Alberta SPCA investigating after 15 cats found abandoned, trapped in containers near Stettler

Kobe said every investigation is different and it’s difficult to say when it will be completed but expects it to take a few weeks.

The cats and kittens are in Calgary at AARCS receiving treatment from a veterinarian.

“They are doing ok the kittens have upper respiratory infection crusty eyes and sneezing,” said Thompson. “We believe the kittens will recover. They are maybe five weeks old. They are skinny and malnourished.

“The adult cats seem to be in quite good shape,” she added.



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