Investigation leads to animal cruelty charges

Sooke woman faces court on charges brought by BC SPCA

  • Dec. 24, 2013 7:00 p.m.

BC SPCA investigation leads to animal cruelty charges against Sooke resident

A Victoria-area woman has been charged in a disturbing case of animal cruelty, following a BC SPCA investigation. Cathy Park of Sooke has been charged under the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals Act after the SPCA removed five deceased cats, allegedly killed by Parks, from her home in May 2013.

“The next day we also removed 11 house cats, six feral cats and one dog from the property,” says BC SPCA constable Erika Paul.  The 11 house cats and dog were cared for at the Victoria SPCA until new loving homes were found for them. The six feral cats were examined, treated and placed on a working farm.

“Park was a self-proclaimed ‘cat rescuer’,” says Paul. “She decided that she didn’t want to keep the animals but she always had the option to surrender them to the Victoria SPCA – we are always there as that safety net for vulnerable animals. It is so heartbreaking to think that these poor animals suffered and died so needlessly.”

Park makes her first court appearance on Jan. 9 at the Western Communities Courthouse.

Just Posted

Saanich resident sends distress signal over cell-phone tower

Wes Solomonson says proposed cell-tower will undermine value of his rural Saanich home

Passengers bound for Victoria say Sunwing left them stranded in Abbotsford

Company says late arrival led to difficulties securing accommodation, transportation

Third Victoria person pricked by needle in past week

Police say this one appears to have been deliberately placed

Sooke swim team competes well at end-of-year meet

The Tyee Aquatic Club finished off 2017 strong, as multiple swimmers beat… Continue reading

Police in brief: Teens nabbed for pot smoking near Oak Bay cop shop

Yacht club thefts, fireworks found and wakeful arrest in Oak Bay this week

Community rallies behind Sooke boy with rare condition

Dozens called on government to cover cost of drug for six-year-old Landen Alexa

Diplomacy on agenda at North Korea summit in Vancouver

Foreign ministers from 20 countries are meeting Tuesday to discuss security and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

Kids chained in Calif. house of horrors; parents arrested

Authorities say an emaciated teenager led deputies to home where her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions

‘Reprehensible’: Trudeau abortion policy raises ire of U.S. right

“This man is reprehensible,” tweeted former White House staffer Sebastian Gorka

‘I shouldn’t have to have a husband:’ Winnipeg woman criticizes men-only club

Jodi Moskal discovered the Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club continues to ban women as members, as it has done since opening in 1909.

Japan public TV sends mistaken North Korean missile alert

The false alarm came two days after Hawaii’s emergency management department sent a mistaken warning

Toronto girl dies after being pinned between vehicles while picked up from school

Police say an SUV with no driver in it rolled forward and pinned the girl against her father’s car

Saanich signals support for in-fill developments in Gorge-Tillicum

The Gorge-Tillicum neighbourhood continues to experience infill. Council’s committee-of-the-whole signaled Saanich’s support… Continue reading

Senior randomly stabbed in B.C. mall food court

Woman arrested after victim, 71, suffers serious injuries

Most Read