HRM man facing animal cruelty charges after dog found frozen to death outdoors

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The SPCA have laid animal cruelty charges against a North Preston man after a dog was found frozen to the ground in his yard just before Christmas.

Dec.23, the Nova Scotia SPCA responded to a complaint about a dog thought to be lying dead in the yard. When officers arrived they confirmed the dog – an American Staffordish Terrier – had frozen to death inside a dog house.

“It’s something we do see at this time of year,” said David Ross, chief provincial inspector for the SPCA on animals being found frozen to death.

“These are not isolated incidents.”

Ross said the dog was chained to the dog house, and had to be extracted by investigators

The body was sent to Department of Agriculture facility in Truro for a necropsy, and the results showed the dog died of “severe malnutrition and hypothermia,” according to an SPCA release.

Jan. 15, the SPCA charged the homeowner where the dog was found with three counts of animal cruelty, including failure to provide an adequate source of food and water, failure to provide reasonable protection from injurious heat or cold, and causing an animal to be in distress.

If convicted, the SPCA says the man could face a lifetime prohibition on owning or having custody of animals, a maximum fine of $10,000, or six months in jail.


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