Penticton woman faces charges of animal cruelty

Joelle Mbamy of Penticton faces three charges of animal cruelty following seizure of three dogs from her Scott Avenue home in January.
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PENTICTON  - A Penticton woman made her first court appearance following charges for animal cruelty.

Court records show Joelle Mbamy was charged with three offences taking place January 18, 2017, one count of causing unnecessary suffering and pain to an animal, one count of owner failing to provide necessities for an animal and one count of causing an animal to continue to be in distress.

The charges followed the investigation and subsequent seizure of three dogs from a Scott Avenue residence on Jan. 23.

Neighbours noticed the dogs had been suffering neglect, left for hours at a time outside in cold weather.

Animal protection officer Kathy Woodward called it a case of “clear neglect,” noting two of the dogs had ear infections and all had mites on their pads from living in their own urine, feces and mud.

Mbamy, born in 1963, made a first court appearance on March 22. Her next court date is scheduled for April 26.

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