First trial set in dog-theft case
A White Rock woman facing multiple charges in connection with a dog-theft investigation is scheduled to go to trial on three of the charges in May.
Two days – May 2 and 3 – have been set aside in Surrey Provincial Court to hear evidence on charges that Janet Olson breached conditions.
According to online court records, the alleged offences took place Dec. 5, 15 and 21 of last year.
Olson, founder of A Better Life Dog Rescue, was one of two women arrested in November in connection with an investigation into allegations a rescue group was stealing dogs from backyards across the Lower Mainland.
At the time, police said investigators observed Olson and co-accused Louise Reid of Surrey enter a Coquitlam backyard and walk away with a bulldog named Samson.
Tips that followed news of the arrests resulted in several additional charges against Olson – including theft, fraud and break-and-enter – and predictions of more to come.
Charges against a Richmond woman, Michaela Schnittker, have also been announced.
Prior to the two-day trial, Olson is to appear in Surrey court on March 29, to fix a date for trial on 12 other charges, related to incidents in Abbotsford (November 2009), Surrey (February 2010 and April 2011), Richmond (July 2010), White Rock (January 2011) and Coquitlam (November 2011).