PRESS RELEASE: Queens County Woman charged for Docking Puppies Tails

Posted on: Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Dartmouth, NS (March 2017) – A 44 year old woman from Hunts Point has been charged  for docking puppies tails causing distress to the animals.

Debbie Baggs was charged under section 21 (1) of the Animal Protection Act of Nova Scotia with two counts of animal cruelty for causing animals to be in distress by docking puppies tails.

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

The practice of docking tails on dogs was banned in Nova Scotia by the Nova Scotia Veterinary Association 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 Nova Scotia 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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