Houston mother and daughter sentenced for animal cruelty charges

A Houston mother and daughter have been banned from owning animals for 20 years after they neglected their pets.

Karin Adams and her daughter Catherine have been sentenced for animal cruelty charges relating to animals seized by the BCSPCA from a property near Houston on Aug. 28

Karin Adams and her daughter Catherine have been sentenced for animal cruelty charges relating to animals seized by the BCSPCA from a property near Houston on Aug. 28

A Houston mother and daughter have been banned from owning animals for 20 years under individual sentences handed down to them in the Smithers Provincial Court today.

Karin Adams, aged 43, and her 22-year-old daughter Catherine were sentenced for animal cruelty and neglect offences relating to animals seized from their property by the BCSPCA on Aug. 28. 2014.

Emaciation, poor living conditions, parasite infestation, lack of food, water and medical treatment were among the conditions affecting some of the dogs and horses in their care.

Karin, who appeared via video-link because she was in custody, pleaded guilty to two counts of causing or permitting an animal to be in distress.

She was sentenced to two years of probation, subject to conditions, in addition to the 15 days jail time she had already served while in custody.

Catherine Adams also pleaded guilty to two counts of causing or permitting an animal to be in distress, as well as one count of causing unnecessary pain or suffering to an animal.

She received a six-month conditional sentence to be served in the residence of a family member, followed by a three year probation order subject to a range of conditions.

Both women have been banned from owning animals for 20 years and ordered to undergo counselling as a condition of their probation.

They were also ordered to pay back $5,456 in veterinary costs to the BCSPCA.

Both Karin and Catherine will be restricted from working with animals during their probation.

A more detailed story will be published in the Oct. 21 edition of The Interior News.