PRESS RELEASE: Halifax Woman charged for docking puppies Tails

Posted on: Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Halifax, NS (January 5, 2017) – A 35 year old woman from St. Margaret’s Bay, Halifax has been charged for docking puppies tails by placing rubber bands on them on December 29, 2016.
Candice Burneau was charged under section 445.1.1 (a) of the Criminal Code of Canada for willfully causing unnecessary suffering, injury to puppies.
Burneau is scheduled to appear in court on March 8th, 2017 at the Halifax Court house.
This practice of docking tails on dogs was banned in Nova Scotia in 2010 and Veterinarians are not permitted to perform the procedure for cosmetic reasons.
“Docking is a medical procedure to remove part of the dog’s tail. It is often done by “snipping the tail off with scissors or by placing a special band on the tail to cut off blood supply causing the tail to fall off” 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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