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PRESS RELEASE: Little Narrows Woman charged with Animal Neglect

Posted on: Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Halifax, NS (September 14, 2017) – A Little Narrows, Cape Breton woman has been charged under the Criminal Code of Canada after she left a dog inside of a vehicle for undetermined amount of time and failing to provide the dog with adequate food and water.

Bethany MacLean was charged under section 445.1.1 (a) of the Criminal Code for willfully causing unnecessary suffering, or injury to an animal.  MacLean was also charged under section 446 (b) of the criminal code for failing to provide suitable and adequate food, water, shelter and care for it.

The SPCA was alerted to the scene by Halifax Regional Police where a deceased dog was removed from a vehicle in a parkade in Halifax, NS. The remains were sent to pathology for necropsy.  MacLean was subsequently arrested by Halifax Regional Police and later released with a condition to appear in court on September 14th, 2017.

“I’m very pleased have jointly worked on this file with Halifax Regional Police who brought charges forward. Sadly, it was a very unfortunate outcome for the dog.” Jo-Anne Landsburg, Chief Provincial Inspector, 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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Chief Inspector | Jo-Anne Landsburg
Tel: 902-835-4798 ext 225
Fax: 902-835-7885 | E-mail: jlandsburg@spcans.ca