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Multiple Charges Laid Against Riverfront Aquariums in Calgary

Calgary, AB — On March 16, 2016, charges were laid under the Animal Protection Act of Alberta against Riverfront Aquariums, Manager Wayne Woo and Owner Michael Chow.

The charges stem from a mass seizure of 333 animals from the business on December 2, 2015.

Riverfront Aquariums and former owner Wayne Woo also face three separate sets of charges from previous offenses in 2014 and 2015.

First appearance is scheduled for May 24, 2016.

Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Animal Cruelty Investigations said, “What is most concerning in this case is the blatant disregard for the basic welfare of the animals in the care of this business.”

Riverfront-Original Story: 333 Exotic Animals Seized, Calgary Humane Society Asks Public for Help

December 3rd, 2015

Calgary, AB — On Wednesday December 2, 2015, Calgary Humane Society’s Protection and Investigations department executed a mass seizure of 333 exotic animals in NE Calgary.

Brad Nichols, Senior Manager, Animal Cruelty Investigations stated; “This is one of the largest and most complex seizures we have executed in our history. As a result we are now caring for many reptiles and amphibians which have very specific needs regarding food, lighting, heating and enclosures. There is a long road ahead as far as evidence collection, but it is fair to say charges are pending.”

The 333 exotic animals include various species of snakes, lizards, amphibians, invertebrates, and arachnids.

With the abnormal size and scope of this seizure, shelter resources are stretched thin and Calgary Humane Society is appealing to the public for help in the form of donations and supplies. Clean reptile enclosures, equipment and monetary donations can be dropped off at Calgary Humane Society (4455 110 Ave SE). For a full list of needed items and to make an online donation please visit


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