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PRESS RELEASE: Animal Cruelty Charges Laid after 3.5 Month Hoarding Investigation

Posted on: Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

New Minas, NS (January 17, 2017) In early August 2016 the NS SPCA received a complaint of alleged cat abandonment at a New Minas area residence. Upon attending the property, cruelty officers discovered an unoccupied home with a serious hoarding situation. Due to the amount of debris inside of the house, it took officers 3.5 months to locate and remove 18 cats from the property.

Teresa Steadman and Johanna Steadman have both been charged with causing an animal to be in distress; contrary to section 21(1) of the Animal Protection Act of NS, AND failing to provide an animal with adequate food and water; contrary to section 22(a) of the Animal Protection Act of NS, AND failing to provide an animal with adequate medical attention when the animal is wounded or ill; contrary to section 22(b) of the Animal Protection Act of NS, AND confining an animal to  an enclosure or area with unsanitary conditions, so as to significantly impair the animals health and well-being; contrary to section 22(d) of the Animal Protection Act of NS. Both are scheduled to be arraigned January 17, 2017 at the Kentville Court House.

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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