PRESS RELEASE: New Minas Woman Given Lifetime Ban on Owning Animals

Posted on: Friday, April 14th, 2017

New Minas, NS (April 12, 2017) Johanna Steadman, New Minas has been handed a lifetime prohibition from owning animals or residing where animals are present. Steadman plead guilty to causing an animal to be in distress; contrary to section 21(1) of the Animal Protection Act of NS.

In early August 2016, while acting on a concern received from the public, NS SPCA cruelty officers discovered a New Minas area home severely hoarded with debris. The home contained several cats without access to food or water and was extremely unsanitary. The cats were suffering from many medical aliments including parasitic infestation and malnutrition. Due to the severity of the hoarding inside of the home, it took officers 3.5 months to remove 18 cats from the property. Several skeletal and intact animal remains were also discovered during the lengthy investigation.

All cats removed from the property were successfully rehabilitated and adopted. The total cost to rehabilitate the cats prior to adoption was $11,100 which involved a variety of medical procedures including an amputation.

The NS SPCA has a zero-tolerance policy for animal cruelty and neglect. Please speak for those who cannot speak for themselves by contacting the SPCA’s confidential toll free cruelty line 1-888-703-7722.

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