Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Accused in Deaths of 14 Dogs at Saskatoon Kennel Hasn't Been Served Yet

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Accused in Deaths of 14 Dogs at Saskatoon Kennel Hasn't Been Served Yet

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Accused in dog deaths hasn't been served yet

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SASKATOON - The case of 14 large-breed dogs who died of heat stroke and dehydration at a Saskatoon kennel last fall is up in the air after the accused didn't show up for a court appearance.

David DePlaedt, 50, the owner of Playful Paws Pet Centre, faces negligence charges under the Animal Protection Act after a malfunction of a heating system left the dogs in a hot room overnight without access to water.

Scott Spencer, DePlaedt's defence lawyer, informed court that while he client is aware of the charges through media reports, he had not yet been formally served.

Crown attorney Robin Ritter said authorities haven't been able to locate DePlaedt to serve him, although his lawyer said he still lives in the city.

Outside court, Ritter said DePlaedt's lawyer could receive the summons for his client if willing, but noted Spencer wouldn't do so. …

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