Trial dates have been adjourned for a Penticton woman accused of animal cruelty.
Joelle Mbamy had been set to commence trial in provincial court in Penticton on Feb. 8, 2018, but is now due to schedule new dates Aug. 9.
Her lawyer applied for, and received, the adjournment Monday due to scheduling conflicts, according to Crown counsel Andrew Vandersluys.
Mbamy, a local pharmacist, is charged with the Criminal Code offences of causing unnecessary pain or suffering to an animal and neglecting an animal, which carry a maximum penalty of a $10,000 fine and 18 months in jail.
She’s also charged with causing an animal to be in continued distress, which is an offence under the B.C. Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and carries with it a maximum penalty of a $75,000 fine and two years in jail.
The offences are alleged to have occurred Jan. 18, five days before the B.C. SPCA seized three small dogs from the backyard of her home on Scott Avenue following calls from neighbours concerned about the animals’ welfare.