Sentence in animal cruelty investigation

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EDMONTON, AB (March 27, 2017) – On Friday, March 17, 2017, John Nadeau from Edmonton was fined $1,200 and given a 10-year pet ownership prohibition on charges of causing distress to an animal. The co-accused, Margret Dechambre, is set to appear in court later this year.

On May 27, 2016, Nadeau brought Sandy, a 20-year-old husky-collie cross, into the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) with notable injuries. The animal, transported in the back of a truck, was emaciated and so weak she could barely hold her head up. Her fur, caked with urine and feces, had become so severely matted it caused a two inch by two inch wound that was oozing pus. Her teeth were cracked, with one growing at a 90 degree angle, and her nails were overgrown for months. Sandy also had open wounds under her eye, surrounding a tooth and around a nail that were infested with maggots. She was described as smelling of “death and rotting flesh” with a stench so overpowering staff had to leave the room at one point. 

Sandy’s case was so extreme and beyond medical treatment that the decision for humane euthanasia was made in her best interest. The veterinarian who examined Sandy noted the animal should have been put down several years before.

“It was evident this animal was clearly in distress and in need of medical attention for a prolonged period of time,” said Mandy Crawford, Edmonton Humane Society Manager of Animal Health and Protection. “We’re putting a call out to ask for assistance in reporting cases of animal abuse and neglect. It is only through the public that animals’ voices can be heard.”

The Edmonton Humane Society encourages the public to call 780-491-3517 if they witness an animal being abused or neglected.

Each year, The Edmonton Humane Society takes in thousands of neglected and abused animals. As a leader in the advancement of animal welfare, the EHS enriches the lives of people and companion animals through animal sheltering, programs and services, and community engagement. For more information, visit