Dog rescue founder sentenced for animal thefts

 

A Surrey woman accused of stealing dogs has pleaded guilty to four criminal charges.

According to court records, during an appearance on Oct. 8 in provincial court in Surrey, Janet Olson entered pleas to two charges each of break-and-enter and theft. She is facing a total of 36 charges.

The charges to which Olson pleaded guilty related to incidents that took place in Chilliwack, Richmond and Coquitlam in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

The 36 overall charges involved alleged dog thefts all over the Lower Mainland, including Langley, Abbotsford, Mission, White Rock, and Vancouver, between 2006 and 2011.

At the time, Olson was co-director of A Better Life Dog Rescue, an organization which she founded.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 2, 2015.

In February, Olson pleaded guilty to a count of breaching her bail conditions by continuing to be involved in the operation of A Better Life.

She was credited with six days in jail for the time she spent in custody after her arrest on the breach charge and sentenced to time served.

Olson is the last person involved with A Better Life who is still dealing with charges related to dog thefts.

In August 2012, Louise Mary Alice Reid, a former co-director of A Better Life, pleaded guilty to two charges of theft in connection with dog thefts in Surrey and Coquitlam and was given a conditional discharge.

Charges of theft, break-and-enter and possession of stolen property were dropped in January 2013 against four women involved with the organization after they successfully completed alternative measures programs.

– Jennifer Saltman is a reporter with the Vancouver Province.

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