(WINNIPEG, MB) – On January 4, 2019, at approximately 5:05 a.m., two East District General Patrol officers attended to the 700 block of Home Street while following up on an unrelated matter. After exiting their cruiser car, the two officers noticed a strong smell coming from a residence.
The officers, deciding to investigate, approached the house and observed a number of dogs barking and clawing at the window. As they got closer, 15 dogs were observed inside the residence. The dogs appeared to be both malnourished and in distress.
Emergency assistance was provided by the Winnipeg Animal Services. Inside the house, deplorable conditions were found including no food or water and a substantial build-up of urine and feces. It appeared that the dogs had been abandoned and had begun to consume parts of couches, beds and walls.
Animal Services Officers, with the assistance of General Patrol police officers, seized the 15 dogs and transported them to a City of Winnipeg facility where they received medical care. The dogs continue to receive treatment at this time and will be placed up for adoption at a later date.
Central District General Patrol officers continued with the investigation and on January 12, 2019, a female was placed under arrest at a residence in the Richmond West area.
35-year-old Crystal Marie Molloy, a female of Winnipeg, has been charged with:
- Inflict upon an animal acute suffering, serious injury or harm, or extreme anxiety or distress that significantly impairs its health or well being (Animal Care Act)
- Fail to ensure adequate source of food and water for an animal (Animal Care Act)
- Confine an animal to an enclosure or area with unsanitary conditions, so as to significantly impair the animal’s health or well-being (Animal Care Act)
- Causing Unnecessary Suffering to an Animal (Criminal Code)
- Abandon or Neglect Animal (Criminal Code)
It is important the residents provide proper food, water and shelter for their pets. The legal limit for dogs is 4 in Winnipeg.
Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed and spay/neuter your pets. If you need help, reach out to friends, family, animal shelters, rescues and or social services. For more information on accessing social services, please visit: http://mb.211.ca/
Suspected animal cruelty or neglect should be reported to the Provincial Animal Care Line at 204-945-8000.
More information on reporting suspected animal cruelty or neglect can be found here:
Local convicted animal abuser Bill Woods also abused a dog, that dog was put down by a trained professional due to the serious health issues the dog had.
Photos Winnipeg Police Service Handout