A Halifax man has been charged with one count of animal cruelty under the province’s Animal Protection Act. Anthony Mercer, 29, is accused of causing distress to a cat between Dec. 14 and 21 of last year.
In a news release Tuesday, the Nova Scotia SPCA said cruelty officers responded to a complaint from the cat’s owner that it was suffering from serious wounds and needed emergency medical treatment.
Jennifer Derengoski, the cat’s owner and Mercer’s former girlfriend, said the animal’s jaw was broken in two places, its teeth were smashed and almost all its claws were ripped out.
She said Louie, a five-year-old rescue cat, also lost half its tongue, had damage to the roof of its mouth and required stitches to its chin.
The cat just had its final surgery, she said, and is expected to make a full recovery.
Mercer is scheduled to appear in Halifax provincial court April 18.
The SPCA operates on a policy of zero tolerance and urges anyone with information about an incident of animal cruelty to call its confidential toll-free hotline at 1-888-703-7722.