PRESS RELEASE: Halifax Man charged with Animal Cruelty

Posted on: Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Halifax, NS (March 2017) – A man from Halifax has been charged with two counts of Animal Cruelty under the Nova Scotia Animal Protection Act.

Murray Newton was charged under section 21 (1) of the Animal Protection Act of Nova Scotia for causing distress to an animal by transporting a dog in the back of a pickup truck without being secured in a carrier. Newton was also charged with failing to provide reasonable protection from injurious cold contrary to Section 22 (c) of the Animal Protection Act NS.

Newton is scheduled to appear in court on June 7th, 2017 at the Halifax Court house.

“The regulations are very clear in the Act that states that a person must not transport an animal in a motor vehicle outside the passenger compartment unless the animal is secured in a container or in a manner that prevents distress to the animal,” said Jo-Anne Landsburg, Chief Provincial Inspector of the NS SPCA.

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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