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    Red Deer AdvocateTHURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2015

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    Blame it on the loopy jet stream

    Much of the recent weird weather from coast to coast this winter common factor: a jet stream behaving like a drunken sailor.

    Story on PAGE A6FORECAST ON A2

    WEATHER Sun and cloud. High -3. Low -10


    Three shelters in Red Deer are nursing almost 50 dogs back to health following the largest seizure of neglected dogs in Albertas history.

    Alberta Animal Services, Red Deer SPCA and Klassic Kennels are caring for the canines after tak-ing them in nearly two weeks ago.

    Erica Coomber, Alberta Animal Services shelter administrator, said the dogs were severely under-weight, malnourished and parasite-ridden when they arrived on Jan. 14.

    The shelter is caring for 22 dogs, a mix of mostly adult large breed dogs, including Irish wolf hounds, sheepdogs, malemutes and komodors.

    They were literally skin and bones, said Coomber. You could see their whole skeletal struc-ture.

    The animals were among the 201 dogs seized from a rural property outside of Milk River in Southern Alberta in two stages by the SPCA.

    Sixty dogs were voluntarily handed over on Dec. 23 and the remaining 141 were seized through a search warrant on Jan.13. A puppy and an adult dog with untreatable medical issues have since died.

    Jim deBoon, of Klassic Kennels, is taking care of

    14 dogs at the north-end facility.The dogs were in overall poor health, said de-

    Boon. They were nervous. They were scared. But they are rebounding very quickly and they are doing well.

    Coomber said in addition to be being malnour-ished and underweight, the canines had a laundry list of parasites, including tapeworms, roundworms, giardia and mange. The shelters have been dealing with the health issues.

    They will need a lot of work, said Coomber. They have lived outside their whole life. They dont know how to be a dog. They are just learning to play.

    Roland Lines, Alberta SPCA spokesperson, said the dogs did not have sufficient protection, particu-larly for winter conditions.

    Most of them were tied on chains that were staked in the yard so they were just finding shelter under abandoned vehicles and trailers and what-ever they could find, said Lines. It was horrible conditions for these dogs. There was no doubt these dogs were in distress.

    Lines said they have encountered situations where dogs are kept in such conditions, but never on this scale.


    Its still months away from pouring its first pint, but a proposed Red Deer microbrewery is a step closer to satiating the thirst of local beer enthusiasts.

    Troubled Monk Brewery received development approval from the citys municipal planning commis-sion on Wednesday, setting the stage for the business to set up shop in Red Deers Riverlands district. Its chosen a 5,100-square-foot bay at No. 1, 5511 45th St. for its production facilities and tasting room.

    Red Deer resident Charlie Bredo, who is devel-oping Troubled Monk Brewery with his brothers Kevin and Graeme, expects to install a 17-hectolitre (1,700-litre) brewhouse in early April and be selling by June or July.

    We want to come out with between two and four styles of beer to start, said Bredo, who thinks the lo-cal market will embrace craft beer.

    I think the culture of craft beer is really cool and I think a lot of people in the area dont realize that theres so much to beer.

    Beer will be available on site, both for tasting there and to take home. Cans and kegs will also be sold to bars, restaurants and liquor stores, said Bredo.

    I think theres a solid demand out there for local beer.

    The company has hired a student from Olds Col-leges brewmaster and brewery operations man-agement program to serve as its brewmaster, and expects to source as many ingredients as it can from Central Alberta. Its also hoping to choose beer names with historical or cultural connections to this region such as Pesky Pig Pale Ale, in honour of Red Deers famed slaughterhouse escapee Francis the Pig.

    Were going to sell our beer throughout Alberta but were proud to be from Red Deer and we want that to show, said Bredo.

    Red Deer city council opened the door for busi-nesses like Troubled Monk Brewery three weeks ago when it amended the citys land use bylaw to allow microbreweries as a discretionary use in the River-lands and Railyards districts.

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    RIVERLANDS DISTRICTCome to the rescueCome to the rescue

    Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staff

    Alberta Animal Services adoption centre manager, Alyssa Eisner holds four month old Charlie a wolfhound husky cross that is ready for adoption at the Red Deer Petland location. Charlie along with 3 of his possible litter mates is one of about 200 dogs recently rescued by Alberta Animal Services.



    A man faces additional charges after police seized drugs, weapons and stolen tools and equipment from a notorious Penhold residence.

    Innisfail RCMP Staff Sgt. Chris Matechuk said a search warrant on Saturday netted the stolen goods, including a replica firearm and rifle reported stolen from Three Hills. The charges came after a two-week investigation.

    Since July, police received 70 complaints about suspicious people, vehicles and incidents at the resi-dence. Police say the suspect is linked to 40 of those complaints.

    The community is very frustrated, said Mat-echuk. They are seeing all this activity. ... We have received a lot of positive comments from the commu-nity and relief that we were able to make an arrest.

    Police will continue to keep an eye on the prop-erty.

    Matechuk told reporters that the suspect has been arrested four times and charged five times since July. The most recent warrant was issued for his arrest on Jan. 5. His charges related to stolen property, failure to comply, driving without a valid licence and other offences.

    Matechuk said the criminal activ-ity at the home was not limited to Penhold.

    The investigation was conducted by the newly-formed regional Prop-erty Crimes Tasks Force and the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act, a divi-sion of ALERT.

    A search warrant was also conducted in Septem-ber, said Matechuk. The activity wasnt confined to our jurisdiction. Combining our efforts with our task force really brought a quick resolution to making these arrests.

    Matechuk said the stolen goods were linked to crimes throughout Central Alberta, including in Blackfalds, Sylvan Lake and Innisfail. No dollar value for the stolen property was provided.

    Police believe a few criminals are responsible for most of the property crime in the region, Matechuk said.

    Criminals do not have boundaries, so this task force was created to share information to better tar-get the prolific offenders.

    While police were searching the Penhold house, the suspect pulled up in his vehicle and was ar-rested on outstanding warrants. Two other occupants were also arrested. A male youth, who was inside the home, was also arrested.

    Police said they seized drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine from the vehicle.

    Red Deer Supt. Scott Tod said this is a really good start for the task force because it has only been run-ning for two weeks.

    Please see MICROBREWERY on Page A2Please see DOGS on Page A2

    Stolen goods seized from notorious residence PENHOLD

    Please see SEIZED on Page A2

    Staff Sgt. Chris Matechuk





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    DOGS: Reached out The Alberta SPCA enlisted the help of the Alber-

    ta Animal Rescue Crew Society, which reached out to animal care facilities across the province to hold and care for the dogs because of the large number.

    Deanna Thompson, executive director of the soci-ety, said the agency deals with cases of neglect and this is by far one of the worst and the most extensive.

    Thompson said all the animals were emancipated.We had one with a broken leg, she said. One

    with a broken jaw. We have another dog missing part of his leg so he will need a full leg amputation.

    The SPCA were required by law to