PRESS RELEASE: Lifetime Prohibition for North Preston Frozen Dog Case

Posted on: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Dartmouth NS (May 17, 2016) –Michael Dwayne Simmonds has been sentenced to a lifetime prohibition on owning animals and a year probation after allowing his dog to starve, succumb to hypothermia and die as it lay chained in its dog house outside his North Preston Home in late December  2013.

Nova Scotia SPCA charged Simmonds with failing to provide his dog with reasonable protection from injurious cold contrary to section 22 (c) Failing to provide adequate food and water Section 22 (a)and for causing an animal to be in distress under section 21 (1) of the of the Animal Protection Act.

Trial was set for May 10, 2016 where Simmonds changed his plea guilty and sentencing was handed down.

We would like to remind the public that pet ownership is a privilege but also comes with a lifelong responsibility.  Lack of care for your animal is against the law and will not go unnoticed in Nova Scotia.  If you know of an animal without adequate care in your community the Nova Scotia SPCA urges you to call our toll free cruelty hotline:  1(888) 703 -7722.


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