Dog walker Emma Paulsen charged in death of six pets in her care

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      Crown counsel have approved charges in one of the highest-profile animal investigations in the Lower Mainland this year.

      Five of the charges against Emma Paulsen involve cruelty to animals and the sixth is for committing public mischief.

      Paulsen, a dog walker, told the media last May that six pets in her care were stolen from her pickup truck in Langley.

      Langley RCMP later determined that the dogs had, in fact, died from heat stroke after being left in the back of her vehicle.

      The animals' corpses were found dumped in a ditch in Abbotsford. 

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      Natty

      Aug 11, 2014 at 11:51am

      Charges are one thing, but the true test of justice will be on the punishment she's dealt. Given BC's antiquated laws around animal cruelty, my guess is that she faces a stiffer penalty for lying about the dogs being stolen and covering it up, than the actual deaths. If Quebec Civil Code now deems animals "Sentinant Creatures" rather than "Personal Property", why can't Common Law in other provinces follow suit?

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