Th­ese three (SPCA) con­sta­bles in­ves­ti­gate more than 1,500 com­plaints each year and the num­bers keep ris­ing.

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The Nova Sco­tia SPCA is a char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion that re­lies on vol­un­teers and do­na­tions to carry out its man­date.

The SPCA has three ded­i­cated pro­vin­cial spe­cial con­sta­bles who con­duct cru­elty in­ves­ti­ga­tions for the en­tire prov­ince. Th­ese three con­sta­bles in­ves­ti­gate more than 1,500 com­plaints each year and the num­bers keep ris­ing.

The SPCA also has a ded­i­cated vol­un­teer base that as­sists with cru­elty com­plaints.

The so­ci­ety takes in nearly 6,000 an­i­mals ev­ery year through its net­work of branches.

The so­ci­ety’s abil­ity to be proac­tive is lim­ited and we rely on the com­mu­nity to alert us to con­cerns re­gard­ing the wel­fare of an­i­mals.

The SPCA is not a gov­ern­ment agency. It re­ceives on­go­ing fund­ing of $3,000 from the Nova Sco­tia Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture to sup­port cru­elty in­ves­ti­ga­tions. The bud­get for cru­elty in­ves­ti­ga­tions is $561,000. Without donor sup­port, the life-sav­ing work of the so­ci­ety would not be pos­si­ble.

Many un­true al­le­ga­tions have been levied about the case of the dog re­cently found dead in Cape Bre­ton. The SPCA will keep the me­dia and pub­lic in­formed as in­for­ma­tion be­comes avail­able. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing. Kristin Wil­liams ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Nova Sco­tia SPCA

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