Crown stays charges laid after 500 animals seized at WEM pet store

Charges have been stayed against a former Edmonton pet store owner accused of abandonment and leaving animals in distress.

Minchaw Menan Tom of Sherwood Park was charged last summer after the Edmonton Humane Society seized hundreds of animals in February 2018 from a My Pet store in West Edmonton Mall.

The charges were laid under the Animal Protection Act.

On Wednesday, Alberta Justice confirmed that the Crown prosecutor entered a stay of proceedings because a conviction in the case was unlikely.

The pet store shut its doors after charges were laid.

Hundreds of animals were seized including dogs, cats, rabbits, lizards, snakes, frogs, crabs, birds and fish. Most of the animals were adopted at an event hosted by the humane society.

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