Two accused were charged and entered guilty pleas for causing or permitting 78 cats and 27 dogs from being in distress, contrary to section 11(2) of the Animal Cruelty Prevention Act. Prior to the charges being laid, the accused persons were operating a pet rescue for a number of years. After some personal and mental health problems, the number of animals became to much for the individuals to care for.
The Court imposed a fine of $1,000 plus a prohibition from owning or continuing to have custody of animals for a period of 20 years. The animal ownership prohibition was subject to a few exceptions, which allowed the accused to continue to care for a few personal pets, subject to SPCA supervision.
Source: Case Law
Jurisdiction: Nova Scotia