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Canada 15 people arrested following protest at dogsled tour company near Canmore: RCMP

11:55  17 november  2019
11:55  17 november  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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  15 charged following protests at two Alberta kennels that provide sled dog tours CANMORE, Alta. — More than a dozen people affiliated with an animal rights group have been arrested in a protest against sled dog kennels, months after the same organization's occupation of a turkey barn prompted the Alberta government to promise a crackdown on rural trespassers. RCMP say they were called to the Mad Dogs and Englishmen kennels east of Canmore, Alta., on Saturday morning when approximately 30 protesters allegedly broke into the kennels to protest the treatment of the dogs.Police say 15 people, including one young person, were arrested and face charges of break and enter to commit mischief.

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a sign on the side of a van: RCMP arrested 15 people at a protest in Canmore on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.© The Canadian Press Images-Mario Beauregard RCMP arrested 15 people at a protest in Canmore on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.

Canmore RCMP arrested 15 people who were protesting on the premises of a dogsled tour company on Saturday.

Police said they were called to Mad Dogs & Englishmen Expeditions Inc., east of Canmore, at 8:20 a.m. after about 30 people broke into the kennels to protest the dogs' treatment.

Fifteen people — 14 adults and one youth — were arrested and face criminal charges of break and enter to commit mischief, according to RCMP.

Police said the accused, who they aren't naming, were released and are scheduled to appear before Canmore Provincial Court on Jan. 15, 2020.

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RCMP said they only attended a protest at Mad Dogs & Englishmen Expeditions Inc.

According to animal activist Trevor Miller, however, protesters also went to Howling Dog Tours on Saturday.

Miller said the protesters claim dogs are kept on short tethers for long periods of time in all types of weather — "basically, no protection against the elements," he said.

Global News reached out to Mad Dogs & Englishmen Expeditions Inc. for comment but has not heard back.

In a statement to Global News, Howling Dog Tours said the well-being of the animals is paramount.

"It is disturbing that a group of people has to resort to criminal activity that [leads] to the health and wellness of our dogs being threatened," it read.

Howling Dog Tours said it has had regular inspections from the SPCA and Alberta government.

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"Howling Dog Tours not only meets all regulatory requirements but exceeds them in many ways," the company statement said. "It is unfortunate that a group of people, who know that no laws are being broken, can protest this way to push their values."

Alberta SPCA said it received complaints this year about the condition of dogs in the sled dog industry, but peace officers "have not found there to be distress as defined by the Animal Protection Act."

Saturday's protests were dubbed "Liberation Lockdown," which was the second event of its kind after a protest at a southern Alberta turkey farm on Sept. 2.

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