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PRESS RELEASE: Father and Son found guilty of Animal Cruelty

Posted on: Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Dartmouth, NS (December 14, 2016) – Warren Cain and Makell Cain of North Preston were both charged with 6 counts of animal cruelty under the Nova Scotia Animal Protection Act (APA), after a seizure of 24 Pitbull’s from their property on October 3, 2015. Both men pled not guilty and were ordered to stand trial on December 13, 2016.

Both parties stood in Court on December 13, 2016 and changed their initial plea of not-guilty to guilty.

Warren Cain pled guilty to confining an animal to unsanitary conditions as to significantly impair the animal’s health or wellbeing contrary to section 22 (d) APA, Causing an animal to be in distress contrary to section 21 (1) APA and for interfering and obstruction a person in the exercise of the powers given to the person in the Animal Protection Act (SPCA officer) contrary to section 18(B) 1 APA.

Makell Cain pled guilty to causing an animal to be in distress 21(1) APA and, for interfering or obstructing a person in the exercise of the powers given to the person in the Animal Protection Act. (SPCA officer) section 18 (B)1 APA.

Warren Cain was sentenced to a lifetime prohibition on owning animals, was ordered to pay $11,399.65 restitution to the SPCA and ordered to pay $1500.00 in court fines.

Makell Cain was sentenced to a prohibition on owing animals for 15 years and was ordered to pay $1000.00 court fines.

In addition to charges under the Animal Protection Act, Warren and Makell were also criminally charged by RCMP for assaulting a peace officer (SPCA Cruelty Officer) and assaulting a peace officer (SPCA Cruelty Officer) with a weapon. Trial dates for these charges to occur in January 2017.

“I am pleased that the courts in Nova Scotia are taking animal cruelty charges more seriously and we are beginning to see an increase in the severity of sentencing given to those who are convicted.” Jo-Anne Landsburg, Chief Provincial Inspector.

The NS SPCA operates on a policy of zero tolerance for animal cruelty and sets the standard of animal care for the province of Nova Scotia. The NS SPCA urges you to report acts of animal cruelty by contacting our confidential toll free hotline at: 1-888-703-7722.

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Jo-Anne Landsburg
Tel: 902-835-4798 ext 225
Fax: 902-835-7885 | E-mail: jlandsburg@spcans.ca