Woman Charged in Animal Cruelty Case Continues Psych Assessment

April Irving continues to undergo a psychiatric assessment to determine whether or not she's criminal responsible.

April Irving, the woman accused of having more than 200 dogs on her property Milk River, will spend another two weeks in custody to complete a psychiatric assessment.

The 59 year old was originally charged in 2015 with multiple animal cruelty offences.

An assessment to determine whether or not Irving is criminally responsible was ordered in February. Her lawyer said Wednesday (Mar. 13) it's nearing completion and they're waiting for a final report from the psychiatrist.

Irving also noted concerns for her health and safety if she must live in general population at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre and instead requested to be housed in a hospital facility if the psych assessment is finished early, which the judge allowed.

Irving was re-arrested in Manitoba a few months ago after going missing for a few years and failing to attend court. She was brought back to Lethbridge to face the charges and has been in custody ever since.

She will be back in court on March 27th.

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