'Worst case of animal neglect' judge has ever seen

Lawyer Jay Prober (l) leaves the Law Courts in Winnipeg, Man. Tuesday December 03, 2013 with...

Lawyer Jay Prober (l) leaves the Law Courts in Winnipeg, Man. Tuesday December 03, 2013 with clients Judy (c) and Peter Chernecki who are charged in an animal abuse case. (Brian Donogh/QMI Agency)

Dean Pritchard, Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:55 AM ET

EDMONTON - Prosecutors are seeking jail time and fines of up to $50,000 for a Gull Lake couple who admitted abusing dozens of diseased and neglected dogs.

Peter and Judy Chernecki maintain they were only trying to care for dogs no one else wanted.

"These are individuals who had the best of intentions ... and matters simply got out of hand," the couple's lawyer Jay Prober told court Tuesday.

The Cherneckis pleaded guilty to seven offences under the Animal Control Act.

Court heard animal protection officers were called to the couple's property in July 2010 and found 59 dogs living in a small, feces and urine soaked outbuilding. Five more neglected dogs were seized from a second smaller building.

"The two animal protection officers had to repeatedly exit the building to catch their breath as the smell of ammonia was so high it was causing irritation to their eyes and lungs," said Crown attorney Sean Sass.


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