A 53-year-old woman from Alberta, Canada, was charged with animal cruelty after she allegedly tried to send a pair of puppies and a kitten through the post.
By, 25 Jun 2019
According to the Vulcan County Enforcement Services (VCES), the woman made two separate trips to a local post office in the village of Milo, about 100 kilometres southeast of Calgary.
Following the first trip, staff called the authorities after they discovered a puppy and a kitten crammed into a small cardboard box. The box was labelled with a destination address and the correct postage cost.
She actually put a stamp on the puppy
However, the woman obviously didn't think that was enough, so she'd decided to stick an additional stamp on each of the poor little critters.
She returned to the same post office on the 17 May and allegedly attempted to mail a second puppy.
Thankfully, the eagle-eyed staff recognised the woman and the package.
Officers tracked down the suspect, who was charged with causing animals to be in distress under the Animal Protection Act. According to Peace Officer Sgt. Rob Pintkowski, enforcement officers have had previous dealings with the alleged perpetrator.
After a thorough investigation, officers from the VCES confirmed that both of the shipping addresses were fake. As of yet, they've released no more information as to why anyone would want to post the animals halfway across Canada. A spokesperson working on the case said:
"We are aware of this affair and are working with the authorities. As this case is before the courts, it would be inappropriate to comment further."
A court day has been set
According to Canadian law, bees, day-old chicks, hatching eggs, leeches, and some other small cold-blooded animals can be mailed under certain conditions. However, the shipment of live animals is strictly prohibited unless the sender makes a prior arrangement with the Canadian postal service.
The accused is scheduled to appear in Lethbridge Provincial Court on July 30, 2019.