NORTH PRESTON - The SPCA have laid animal cruelty charges against a North Preston man after a dog was found dead and frozen to the ground in his yard just before Christmas.
On Dec. 23, the Nova Scotia SPCA responded to a complaint about a dog thought to be lying dead in the yard of a North Preston home. When officers arrived they confirmed the animal ‚Äď an American Staffordish Terrier ‚Äď had frozen to death in a doghouse.
David Ross, a chief inspector for the SPCA, said Wednesday it‚Äôs ‚Äúvery sad‚ÄĚ this case turned out how it did.
‚ÄúThis is what we don‚Äôt want to happen,‚ÄĚ he said.
The dog‚Äôs body was sent to the Department of Agriculture facility in Truro for a necropsy earlier this month, and the results showed the dog died of ‚Äúsevere malnutrition and hypothermia,‚ÄĚ according to an SPCA release.
Ross said the dog, a female, was ‚Äúquite severely emaciated‚ÄĚ when he arrived on Dec. 23 to take the body away from the North Preston home.
He said he wasn‚Äôt sure how long the dog had been left outside.
On Wednesday, 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.
‚ÄúIt is unusual to find an animal that has succumbed either to the heat or the cold,‚ÄĚ Ross said. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre always disturbed when this has happened because this is not what we want.‚ÄĚ
If convicted, 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.
He will appear in Dartmouth provincial court on March 11.
Ross said he doesn‚Äôt know of anyone who has gotten jail time in an animal cruelty case, but if found guilty, he said it will be up to the judge to determine that here.
‚ÄúI‚Äôd like to see the person held accountable,‚ÄĚ Ross said.