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Alberta man banned from having animals charged with animal cruelty

REDWATER, Alta. — An Alberta man who police say was under several court orders not to own animals is facing several animal cruelty charges.

Redwater RCMP say it and Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals went into a residence in Sturgeon County on Dec. 15.

They found nine pit bulls in kennels in various stages of medical distress — some had injuries to their faces and legs and had signs of being malnourished, while one was found dead outside.

Edmonton Humane Society officers brought the animals to its shelter.

Justin Lawrence Iverson, 30, of Edmonton, is charged with five counts of cruelty to animals and five counts of causing injury to animals.

He is to appear in court in Fort Saskatchewan on Feb. 16.

Redwater Mounties had been asked to check the residence by Edmonton police to see if the man was abiding by several court orders not to own or possess animals.

When they got to the house, no one was home, but they could hear dogs whining and barking inside. Officers also said there were large amounts of animal feces on the front and back porch of the residence.

"There was concern for the dogs that could be heard inside the residence," Cpl.  Ronald Bumbry, RCMP Media Relations Officer, East Alberta District, said in a news release.

"As a result a search warrant was executed."

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