Canada Post prohibits mailing most live animals

A 53-year-old woman in southern Alberta was charged this June after she allegedly mailed a puppy and a kitten using Canada Post.

The Crown corporation prohibits mailing most live animals – aside from bees, parasites, leeches, day-old chicks or hatching eggs and other small cold-blooded animals – unless the sender has filed paperwork first.

But this June, a postal clerk in Milo, Alta., found a dog and cat stuffed into a cardboard box with proper postage and address; a week later, another parcel was left at the post office before yet another puppy was found inside.

While the three small animals were unharmed and are now under the care of the Calgary Humane Society, Jill Marshall, a resident of Vulcan County, is charged under Alberta’s Animal Protection Act with causing animals distress.

She’s due in Lethbridge provincial court on July 30.

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