Woman charged in dog’s death

Truro Daily News - - PROVINCE -

Two peo­ple have been charged af­ter sep­a­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the death of a dog and a lit­ter of kit­tens this sum­mer.

Bethany Ma­cLean, of Lit­tle Nar­rows, Cape Bre­ton, was charged af­ter Hal­i­fax po­lice re­moved a dead dog from a ve­hi­cle in a Hal­i­fax parkade, where it was left “for (an) un­de­ter­mined amount of time” with­out ad­e­quate food and wa­ter, says a news re­lease from the Nova Sco­tia SPCA.

She will ap­pear in court to­day charged with will­fully caus­ing un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing, or in­jury to an an­i­mal, along with fail­ing to pro­vide suit­able and ad­e­quate food, wa­ter, shel­ter and care for it.

“I’m very pleased have jointly worked on this file with Hal­i­fax Re­gional Po­lice who brought charges for­ward. Sadly, it was a very un­for­tu­nate out­come for the dog.” Jo-Anne Lands­burg, chief pro­vin­cial nspec­tor for the SPCA, said in the re­lease.

Daniel Wal­ter Friesen of Alder­shot, Kings County, was charged with drown­ing a lit­ter of kit­tens, af­ter the SPCA re­ceived in­for­ma­tion in late July about the kit­tens’ pos­si­ble dis­ap­pear­ance.

Friesen will be ar­raigned Oct. 24 in Kentville pro­vin­cial court.

The SPCA notes that it of­fers a va­ri­ety of low-cost spay and neuter pro­grams across the prov­ince for pets and also works to find homes for un­wanted an­i­mals.

“Drown­ing kit­tens is never an op­tion, es­pe­cially with so many re­sources avail­able to the pub­lic,” said the SPCA re­lease.

More in­for­ma­tion can be found at sp­cans.ca or by con­tact­ing your lo­cal SPCA shel­ter.

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