Two days after the Nova Scotia SPCA charged the the owner of a North Preston home with three counts of animal cruelty in the death of a dog, the animal's owner has also been charged. Jan. 17, the SPCA charged the second man, who had stepped forward after the initial charges were laid.
The Halifax Regional Municipality resident will be charged with three counts of animal cruelty under the Animal Protection Act: 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.
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.
If convicted, the accused could face a lifetime prohibition on owning or having custody of animals, a maximum fine of $10,000 or six months jail time.
With files from Metro Halifax.