Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatoon Kennel Owner Pleads Guilty in Death of 14 Dogs in Over-Heated Room

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatoon Kennel Owner Pleads Guilty in Death of 14 Dogs in Over-Heated Room

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Kennel owner pleads guilty in death of dogs

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SASKATOON - The owner of a Saskatoon kennel where 14 large-breed dogs died of heat stroke and dehydration last year has pleaded guilty to negligence under the Animal Protection Act.

Dave Deplaedt, 50, says he's accepting responsibility for the deaths of the dogs in September 2016.

He told the dogs' owners he doesn't expect forgiveness but is sincerely sorry.

His business is being fined $14,000, but a victim surcharge of $5,600 brings the total cost to $19,600.

Defence lawyer Scott Spencer told court his client didn't have much involvement in the kennel's day-to-day operations, trusting his staff to do the job.

A statement from one of the staff said the only smells from the kennel the next morning were "pee, puke and death."

Deplaedt's apology rang hollow for Dawn Loessin, who lost her dog Linc -- her daughter's therapy dog -- in the incident.

"It meant absolutely nothing," she said, noting Deplaedt didn't contact them after the deaths. "If it would've happened before, it would've felt a lot more heartfelt."

Spencer said his client didn't reach out because he was following Spencer's instructions.

Loessin and other owners sat wiping tears away as Crown attorney Robin Ritter described the conditions that led to the dogs' deaths.

He said the ambient temperature in the room when the dogs were found was 37 C, despite two oscillating fans being on.

The thermostat had been set to 30 C, with the "heat" option selected on the manual device. …

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