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One of the most important ways to help fight animal cruelty is by staying informed.

Read the documentation below to learn more about what you can do.

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One of the most important ways to help fight animal cruelty is by staying informed. Read the documentation below to learn more about what you can do.

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Report Animal Cruelty:

Each of us has the power to make a meaningful difference in the lives of neglected and abused animals. By reporting cases of suspected or known animal cruelty and neglect, you are offering defenseless animals protection and a second chance. You may also be helping other current and future victims. Knowledge and your voice are two of the most powerful tools you can use to stop animal cruelty. By educating yourself about animal cruelty, including understanding common signs of abuse, animal cruelty laws, and ways you can protect your own pet, you can play a key role in the promotion of animal welfare and the prevention of animal cruelty.

All complaints of suspected or known animal cruelty and neglect should be reported to the NBSPCA hotline at 1 (877) 722-1522. This hotline is open 24/7. Help the investigating officer by providing as many details as possible, including a description of the animal involved, the type of cruelty witnessed, the date of the incident, where it took place, and who was involved. All information remains confidential, including the person who made the complaint.

Investigations:

The New Brunswick SPCA maintains a staff of both full time and part time Animal Protection Officers and Inspectors who investigate allegations of animal cruelty and neglect. Animal Protection Officers have the same authority as police officers when enforcing legislation, particularly the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (1997, C.27, S.1) and the Criminal Code of Canada.

The NBSPCA Animal Protection Officers provide frontline protection for animals across New Brunswick by responding to nearly 4,000 animal cruelty and neglect complaints each year. Actions taken after investigating a call are progressive, from providing education initially, to issuing a compliance notice, to seizing an animal, to laying charges where circumstances warrant.

Court Process:

Below is each step of the court process for an NBSPCA Animal Protection Officer in prosecuting an animal neglect or cruelty charge:
Collecting the Evidence: When a New Brunswick SPCA Animal Protection Officer receives a complaint that an animal is being neglected or abused; he or she sets out to examine the situation and if necessary, relieve the animal of its distress. An investigation may involve having to obtain an Entry Warrant to enter the premises and the Animal Protection Officer must proceed only as authorized by the legislation. When the Animal Protection Officer has sufficient evidence to pursue a charge under the NB SPCA Act, or the Criminal Code of Canada, he or she must present the evidence (in the form of a Crown Brief) to a Crown Prosecutor.
Laying the Charge: The Crown Prosecutor will decide whether there is sufficient evidence to warrant laying a charge. Once a charge is laid, the accused is served with a Summons to appear in court to enter a plea.
In the Courts: At the first appearance date, the accused enters a plea of “guilty” or “not guilty”. The court may set the matter down to a future date to allow the accused more time to consult with a lawyer. If the accused enters a guilty plea, details of the offence will be presented to the judge and he or she will impose a sentence. If the accused chooses to enter a “not guilty” plea, a date will be set for a trial, at which time witnesses will be subpoenaed to provide their evidence to the court. After all evidence has been presented by the Crown Prosecutor and the Defence Attorney, the judge will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to convict the accused of the charge laid. If the accused is found guilty, the judge will impose a sentence.
Sentencing: Under The New Brunswick SPCA Act, minimum fines start at $140, and depending on the offense, can go as high as $200,000. A conviction under the Criminal Code may result in a fine, or a fine and a term of imprisonment, depending on the severity of the offence. A judge may also decide to prohibit that person from owning animals for a defined period or for life. A Prohibition Order imposed as a result of a charge under the NB SPCA Act is only applicable within the province of New Brunswick.
The Animal(s): The New Brunswick SPCA gets authority to act under Provincial legislation. Animals may be seized by Animal Protection Officers where grounds exist. An Animal Protection Officer can also issue a compliance order to an owner where there is a disregard for the standards of care relating to the animal.

Court Convictions:

Below is a list of all convictions for animal cruelty and/or neglect charges laid by the NBSPCA since 2008.
2008 Convictions
  • HENDERSON, Vivian. NBSPCA File #2007-**** – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Royal Road, NB.
    Sentence: prohibited from owning animals for the remainder of her life, with the exception of 4 dogs spayed/neutered which cannot be replaced once they pass away.
  • DEVEREAUX, Laurian. NB SPCA File #2008-0001 – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Woodstock Court, NB.
    Sentence: $168 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 2 years.
  • EDGETT, Emily. NB SPCA File # 2008-**** – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Saint John Court, NB.
    Sentence: prohibited from owning animals for 2 years.
  • LYONS, Norris & Darlene. NB SPCA File #2008-0017 – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Woodstock Court, NB.
    Sentence: $100 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 3 years.
2009 Convictions
  • HARRINGTON, Stephanie. NB SPCA File # 2008-0011 – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Woodstock Court, NB.
    Sentence: prohibited from owning animals for 1 year.
  • McCULLOUGH, Regina. NB SPCA File #2008-0034 – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Woodstock Court, NB.
    Sentence: $240 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 3 years.
2010 Convictions
  • GAGNON, David. NB SPCA File #2007-2009 – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Grand Falls Court, NB.
    Sentence: $168 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 1 year.
  • ROGERS, Glen Lawrence. NB SPCA File #2009-0021 – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Woodstock Court, NB.
    Sentence: $600 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 5 years.
  • FOSTER, Desiree. NB SPCA File #2010-0044 – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Woodstock Court, NB.
    Sentence: $500 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 1 year.
2011 Convictions
  • TOMALIN, Sandra. NB SPCA File #2010-0304 – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Grand Falls Court, NB.
    Sentence: $1200 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 10 years.
    Comments: A total of 38 horses were seized from the property in poor conditions. Some recovered and were adopted to new homes while several were humanely euthanized.
  • LONGSTAFF, David. NB SPCA File #2010-0305 – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Woodstock Court, NB.
    Sentence: $500 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 10 years.
2012 Convictions
  • LEBLANC, Ray. NB SPCA File #2012-0133 – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Edmundston Court, NB.
    Sentence: unknown fine, prohibited from owning more than 5 dogs for 5 years.
2013 Convictions
  • POWER, Julienne Elizabeth. NB SPCA File #2012-2002 – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Caraquet Court, NB.
    Sentence: $100 restitution order, prohibited from owning animals for 3 years.
  • PETERSON, Corinne Lucille. NB SPCA File #2013-0309 – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Fredericton, NB.
    Sentence: $600 fine.
  • HENDERSON, Vivian. NB SPCA File #2013-1542 – SPCA Act S. 24 Breach of prohibition order. Royal Road, NB.
    Sentence: 6 months probation.
    Comments: Accused found to be in possession of 2 dogs while prohibited from doing so. Dogs were adopted to new homes.
  • PICKERILL, Ronald Kenneth. NB SPCA File #2013-3116 – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Fredericton, NB.
    Sentence: $600 fine.
    Comments: A small male poodle mix was found running at large in Fredericton. The dog was extremely matted, dirty, and covered in feces and urine, with overgrown nails and open wounds. The hind end was so badly matted with feces that the sex of the dog could not be determined until it was shaved. The dog was found to be 18 years old, and due to medical and behavioral conditions, the dog was humanely euthanized.
2014 Convictions
  • LAVOIE, Normand. NB SPCA File #2011-3027 – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care, SPCA Act S. 23 Operating a Pet Establishment without a License. Edmundston Court, NB.
    Sentence: S. 18(2) – $1800 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 10 years with the exception of 2 domestic animals. S. 23 – $168 fine.
    Comments: Approximately 120 dogs seized from puppy mill operation.
  • VOLGMANN, Anthony. NB SPCA File #2013-2880 – Criminal Code of Canada S. 160 Bestiality. Moncton, NB.
    Sentence: 2 years supervised probation, conditions to not attend dog parks, shelters, SPCAs, vet clinics, or work/volunteer with animals.
    Comments: Joint investigation with RCMP. NB SPCA was notified of posts on a US forum concerning a volunteer dog walker at the Moncton SPCA. Evidence was collected from the online forum, the suspect was identified, and the information was forwarded to the RCMP, who proceeded with a warrant, arrest, and charges.
  • REYNOLDS, Sarah. NB SPCA File #2013-3654 – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Fredericton, NB.
    Sentence: $600 fine.
    Comments: 4 cats were seized after being abandoned in an apartment without food and water. The cats were found to be eating garbage and their litter box was overflowing with feces. The cats recovered and were adopted to new homes.
  • RUBEC, Cynthia Ann. NB SPCA File #2013-3740 – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Fredericton, NB.
    Sentence: prohibited from owning animals for 1 year.
    Comments: Officers seized 144 animals from the residence, including birds, pigs, dogs, cats, rodents, etc. The animals were living in filth with various untreated medical issues.
  • FOSTER, Robert. NB SPCA File #2014-0116 – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Grand Falls Court, NB.
    Sentence: $360 fine.
    Comments: Inadequate care to a dog.
  • McCARRON, Tara. NB SPCA File #2014-3609 – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Lincoln, NB.
    Sentence: $600 fine.
    Comments: 2 dogs left alone in apartment for 5 days in own filth, no food or water. The dogs were adopted to new homes.
2015 Convictions
  • SCRIMSHAW, Rachel. NB SPCA File #2014-1308 – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Oromocto, NB.
    Sentence: $600 fine, $500 restitution order.
    Comments: An emaciated Bassett hound was found wandering in Oromocto. The dog was essentially a skeleton with no body fat. Despite best efforts, the dog continued to decline and was humanely euthanized. Post mortem examination found that the dog had undiagnosed cancer and had been left to suffer and waste away.
  • RANDALL, Charles. NB SPCA File #2014-3678 – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Hanwell, NB.
    Sentence: $600 fine and paid vet bills.
    Comments: Dog with severe untreated chronic skin infections. The dog was humanely euthanized to end suffering as recovery was not likely.
  • GALLANT, Joseph. NB SPCA File #2014-3966 – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Fredericton, NB.
    Sentence: $600 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 2 years.
    Comment: Shepherd mix dog found in a van full of feces and garbage. Owner could not have dog in apartment so dog had been living in the van for weeks.
  • DUFOUR, Yvan. NB SPCA File #2014-4209 – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Edmundston Court, NB.
    Sentence: $600 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 2 years.
  • DEMERCHANT, Walter. NB SPCA File #2015-0086 – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Hartfield, NB.
    Sentence: $600 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 1 year.
    Comments: Dog was seized after being found tied to a tree in -30 degree weather with absolutely no shelter. Ice was frozen to the fur on the dog’s legs and muzzle. The dog had been left unattended in the freezing cold for several hours. The dog did not have any lasting injury and was adopted to a new home.
  • BECKWITH, Tammy. NB SPCA File #2015-0192 – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Saint John Court, NB.
    Sentence: prohibited from owning animals for 5 years.
  • BROWN, Andrew. NB SPCA File #2015-0248 – SPCA Act S. 26 Tethering violation. Grand Falls Court, NB.
    Sentence: $168 fine.
    SOUCY, Tammy. NB SPCA File #2015-0678 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Saint John Court, NB.
    Sentence: $600 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 5 years.
  • TURNER, Harmony. NB SPCA File #2015-0965 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Maugerville, NB.
    Sentence: $600 fine, $304.99 restitution order, prohibited from owning animals for 2 years.
    Comments: Shepherd mix dog found running at large with a ruptured, infected, softball sized tumor near the rectum. The dog was euthanized to end suffering.
2016 Convictions
  • DONOVAN, Andrew. NB SPCA File #2014-3962 – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Hoyt, NB.
    Sentence: $1800 fine, $818.11 restitution order, prohibited from owning animals for 5 years.
    Comments: 3 pitbulls were seized, 2 of which were emaciated from lack of food and 1 had open, infected wounds. The dogs recovered and were adopted to new homes.
  • ROY, Stéphane. NB SPCA File #2015-0881 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Edmundston Court, NB.
    Sentence: $600 fine.
  • DENLEY, Robert. NB SPCA File #2015-1034 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Deer Island, NB.
    Sentence: $600 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 2 years.
    Comments: Dog seized due to inadequate care, second dog removed following sentencing.
  • CHADWICK, Twyla Gay. NB SPCA File #2015-1299 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Saint John Court, NB.
    Sentence: $500 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 1 year.
  • HARVEY, Skye Elizabeth. NB SPCA File #2015-3020 – Criminal Code of Canada S. 446(2) Abandoned in distress, willfully failed to provide food, water, shelter, and/or care. Saint John Court, NB.
    Sentence: $200 fine, 12 months probation, counseling, prohibited from owning or residing in a house with animals for 10 years.
    Comments: Cats abandoned in a crate in a field, some had died and the others were euthanized to end suffering.
  • BREWER, Jeremy. NB SPCA File #2015-3224 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Keswick, NB.
    Sentence: $1950 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 5 years.
    Comments: Owner left farm animals unattended for at least a week with no food or water. Multiple birds died of starvation and dehydration. Approximately 30 animals were removed including several species of birds, rabbits, and pigs.
  • KHOTYLEVA, Natalia. NB SPCA File #2015-3272 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Chipman, NB.
    Sentence: $720 fine, $402.44 restitution order, prohibited from owning animals 5 years.
    Comments: Old English Sheepdog was seized in horrendous condition. The dog was completely emaciated and would have soon starved to death, and was missing most of its hair from an untreated flea infestation. With regular feeding and flea treatment the dog made a full recovery and was adopted to a new home.
  • GIONET, Marco. NB SPCA File #2015-3446 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Bathurst Court, NB.
    Sentence: $600 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 1 year.
  • NASON, Norman. NB SPCA File #2015-3755 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Saint John Court, NB.
    Sentence: $500 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 10 years.
  • GREEN, Deena. NB SPCA File #2015-4173 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Saint John Court, NB.
    Sentence: 6 months probation, order to pay vet bills.
  • HACHEY, Maria. NB SPCA File #2015-4284 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Saint John Court, NB.
    Sentence: $300 fine, prohibited from owning a dog for 10 years (allowed to keep her cat).
  • PETS UNLIMITED. NB SPCA File #2016-0212 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Fredericton, NB.
    Sentence: $960 fine.
    Comments: Hamster found dying in isolation room of the pet store. Had become sick with “wet tail” and left to suffer and die of dehydration.
  • DICKINSON, Amber. NB SPCA File #2016-0773 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. McAdam, NB.
    Sentence: $600 fine.
    Comments: Dog found living in unsanitary conditions. Dog was being kept in a porch full of feces, some growing mould. Dog was otherwise in good body condition.
  • CROTEAU, Stephanie. NB SPCA File #2016-1045 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Coles Island, NB.
    Sentence: $600 fine, $900 restitution order, prohibited from owning animals for 2 years.
    Comments: Female pitbull was called in as a stray and had hundreds of porcupine quills in her face, mouth, and chest. She also had a flea infestation. It was found that the dog actually belonged to the complainant who had lied to the officer, and had left the dog suffering with quills all day. The dog required 3 surgeries to remove all the quills but recovered and was adopted to a new home.
  • NASON, Nancy. NB SPCA File #2016-1307 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Harvey, NB.
    Sentence: prohibited from owning animals for the remainder of her life.
    Comments: Elderly woman surrendered her husky mix dog to an SPCA shelter. The dog was suffering from a severe flea infestation and skin infection, overgrown nails, and dental issues. She was known to the shelter having surrendered several dogs in the past and accumulating more.
  • BOUCHER, Jacques. NB SPCA File #2016-1681 – SPCA Act S. 26 Tethering violation. Bathurst Court, NB.
    Sentence: $300 fine.
  • GILBERT, Beverly. NB SPCA File #2016-2251 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Zealand, NB.
    Sentence: $600 fine.
    Comment: The accused had obtained an elderly husky from a family member who had passed away. The dog had a severe untreated flea infestation resulting in hair loss and skin infection. Fleas could visibly be seen from the dog at a distance. The dog was seized, treated, and adopted to a new home.
  • PAQUET, Claude. NB SPCA File #2016-2338 – Criminal Code of Canada S. 445.1(2)(b) Causing unnecessary suffering. Moncton, NB.
    Sentence: 1 year probation, prohibited from owning animals for 1 year, $100 fine, order to make $500 donation to charity or SPCA.
    Comments: An employee of the Greater Moncton SPCA at the time of the incident, the accused was witnessed striking a dog while working. He was immediately sent home and reported for animal cruelty and is no longer working for the organization.
2017 Convictions
  • WALL, Lawrence. NB SPCA File #2014-0485 – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care.
    Sentence: $1000 fine.
  • CYR, Mathieu. NB SPCA File #2015-0234 – SPCA Act S. 18(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. St-Andre, NB.
    Sentence: $1200 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 2 years.
    Comments: Multiple dogs and cats seized from farm with untreated medical conditions, inadequate shelter from the winter cold, and poor body condition.
  • PHINNEY, Lyndsey. NB SPCA File #2015-2233 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Moncton Court, NB.
    Sentence: custodial time made concurrent to other criminal charges she was convicted of.
  • LEAVITT, Ronald Vincent. NB SPCA File #2015-4215 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Saint John Court, NB.
    Sentence: $650 fine, 6 months probation, $78 restitution order.
    Comments: horse.
  • WHEATON, Linda. NB SPCA File #2015-4281 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Saint John Court, NB.
    Sentence: $500 fine.
  • MONK, Kelsey. NB SPCA File #2016-0027 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Saint John Court, NB.
    Sentence: $1119.57 restitution order, prohibited from owning animals for 2 years, 1 year probation.
  • HAYES, Edward. NB SPCA File #2016-0845 – SPCA Act S. 26 Tethering violation. Benton, NB.
    Sentence: $172.50 fine.
  • LLOYD, Thompson. NB SPCA File #2016-1933 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Mapledale, NB.
    Sentence: $500 fine, $1416.71 restitution order, prohibited from owning animals for 5 years.
    Comments: A lab mix and Doberman were both seized, one with a severe flea infestation and chronic skin infection, the other with a flea infestation and malnourished. The lab mix was humanely euthanized to end suffering as recovery was not likely, and the Doberman recovered and was adopted to a new home.
  • BOOTH, Shawn. NB SPCA File #2016-3460 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Minto, NB.
    Sentence: $600 fine, prohibited from owning dogs for 3 years.
    Comments: Female black lab mix was seized after being found chained outside unattended to a car in -30 degree temperatures. The rear door to the car was open and the dog was shivering with frost on her muzzle in the back seat, where snow and ice had accumulated inside. The dog did not suffer any lasting injury and was adopted to a new home.
  • MILLER, Christopher. NB SPCA File #2016-3669 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Canaan Forks, NB.
    Sentence: $1440 fine, $863.42 restitution order, prohibited from owning animals for 5 years.
    Comments: The accused’s Rottweiler suffered severe brain damage after having its head caught in a conibear trap while running at large. The trap was removed with bolt cutters by pedestrians who found the dog. When officers attended the next morning after receiving a complaint concerning the dog, the accused had not taken the dog for medical care and was in severe distress. The dog was seized but despite best efforts the dog passed away from brain swelling and bleeding, and a ruptured eye.
  • DIGNARD, Brian. NB SPCA File #2017-1035 – 2 counts SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Upper Knoxford, NB.
    Sentence: $1500 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 5 years with the exception of 1 cat.
    Comments: The investigation commenced after the accused surrendered 4 dogs to the Fredericton SPCA, one which was in severe distress and was subsequently euthanized. The dog was emaciated with a prolapsed uterus and a mass on its shoulder, and was very weak and lethargic. All dogs were filthy and covered in feces. It was found that the dogs had been living in a barn in their own feces. The remaining 3 dogs had minor health concerns but recovered and were adopted to new homes.
2018 Convictions
  • KEITH, Bryan. NB SPCA File #2016-3526 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Saint John Court, NB.
    Sentence: $500 fine, $517.62 restitution order, prohibited from owning animals for 2 years with the exception of his current cat.
  • LEVESQUE, Armand. NB SPCA File #2017-0122 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Edmundston Court, NB.
    Sentence: $600 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 2 years with the exception of 1 cat.
  • GRIFFIN, Mark. NB SPCA File #2017-1893 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Saint John Court, NB.
    Sentence: $500 fine.
  • DONOVAN, Andrew. NB SPCA File #2017-2900 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care, SPCA Act S. 25 Breach of prohibition order, Criminal Code of Canada S. 445.1 Causing unnecessary suffering. Hoyt, NB.
    Sentence: $4,300 fine, 30 days incarceration, prohibited from owning animals for the remainder of his life.
    Comments: The accused had a past conviction of neglect of his dogs and had been prohibited from owning animals for 5 years. Upon receiving a complaint of him possessing animals while prohibited, the officer found a dog, 4 cats, and 9 chickens in a dirty coop at the property. Three of the chickens had starved to death. The rest of the chickens were emaciated with no body fat and had assorted health concerns. The animals were all seized. One chicken was euthanized to end suffering. The remaining animals were adopted to new homes.
  • MCLAUGHLIN, Troy. NB SPCA File #2018-0064 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Vespra, NB.
    Sentence: $1300 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 2 years.
    Comments: The accused’s dog was seized after being found to be in poor body condition (underweight) due to lack of food. The dog gained weight after being properly fed and was adopted to a new home.
  • LAVOIE, Sylvain. NB SPCA File #2018-0213 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Edmundston Court, NB.
    Sentence: $600 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 2 years.
  • LAFOREST, Daniel. NB SPCA File #2018-0284 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Edmundston Court, NB.
    Sentence: $500 fine, limited to the possession of no more than 20 chickens, 3 horses, 2 dogs, and 1 cat for 1 year.
  • WHITTAKER, Kelly. NB SPCA File #2018-0298 – Criminal Code of Canada S. 445.1(2)(b) Causing unnecessary suffering, Criminal Code of Canada S. 446(2)(b) Willfully failing to provide adequate food, water, shelter and/or care. Prince of Wales, NB.
    Sentence: $200 fine, 1 year probation, prohibited from owning animals for 10 years.
    Comments: Officers seized approximately 30 animals from the accused’s hobby farm, including rabbits, pigs, and birds. No one was residing at the property. Several birds had died of starvation. All animals lacked food and water and were being kept in poor living conditions.
  • MICHAUD, Skyler. NB SPCA File #2018-0465 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Woodstock Court, NB.
    Sentence: $500 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 5 years.
  • SAVAGE, Viola. NB SPCA File #2018-0702 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Douglas, NB.
    Sentence: prohibited from owning animals for 2 years.
    Comments: Multiple cats seized from residence due to unsanitary conditions. The cats were adopted to new homes.
  • BOYLE, Kayla. NB SPCA File #2018-1967 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Fredericton, NB.
    Sentence: $600 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 2 years.
    Comments: Dog was seized after being found in poor body condition. The dog was severely underweight with ribs, hip bones, and spine prominent. The dog was very hungry and after being dewormed and fed properly she gained weight and was adopted to a new home.
2019 Convictions (as of September 2019):
  • SPRINGER, Kyle. NB SPCA File #2015-0278 – Criminal Code of Canada S. 445.1(2)(b) Causing unnecessary pain and suffering . Hartland, NB.
    Sentence: 1 year imprisonment, prohibited from owning animals for 3 years following release.
    Comments: Dog abandoned in a rental home and left to starve to death. Joint investigation with the RCMP.
  • SCOTT, Alton. NB SPCA File #2017-2081 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Woodstock Court, NB.
    Sentence: prohibited from owning pigs and sheep for 2 years.
  • LEVESQUE, Gerald. NB SPCA File #2018-0433 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Edmundston Court, NB.
    Sentence: $500 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 2 years.
  • BARRETT-BONNELL, Michael. NB SPCA File #2018-1212 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Edmundston Court, NB.
    Sentence: $500 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 2 years.
  • GAINES, Amanda. NB SPCA File #2018-2093 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food and care. Fredericton, NB.
    Sentence: $500 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 3 years.
    Comments: Shepherd mix dog seized after being found severely underweight with overgrown toenails. After being fed properly, the dog gained 11 lbs in 2 weeks following seizure.
  • SMALLEY, Rhonda. NB SPCA File #2018-2150 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate care. Jemseg, NB.
    Sentence: $500 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 10 years with the exception of 5 spayed/neutered cats, and the dogs and horse currently in her possession.
    Comments: Colony of cats, most of which were sick with feline leukemia and living in unsanitary conditions. Total of 186 cats removed from the residence.
  • LANDRY, Michael. NB SPCA File #2019-032 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate medical care. Waasis, NB.
    Sentence: $1000 fine, prohibited from owning animals for 5 years with the exception of his 1 cat.
    Comments: Elderly black lab mix dog seized after being found in an emaciated state with an enormous cancerous bone tumor on the hind leg. The leg was roughly 5 times the size of the healthy leg, and the dog had licked his bad foot through the skin so that muscle tissue and cartilage was visible. The dog was euthanized to end suffering.
  • FINNEMORE, James & Karen. NB SPCA File #2019-0105 – SPCA Act S. 19(2) Failed to provide adequate food, water, shelter, and/or care. Woodstock, NB.
    Sentence: Each prohibited from owning animals for 2 years.
    Comments: While animal protection officers were patrolling in Woodstock, they spotted a dog being walked by its owner that was clearly in very poor condition. The officers seized the dog due to poor body condition, an untreated flea infestation resulting in hair loss, and overgrown nails. After being provided with veterinary care, the dog recovered and was adopted to a new home.

FAQs: Animal Protection

What is considered animal cruelty and neglect?
Neglect is the failure to provide adequate water, food, shelter, and necessary care. Examples of neglect include: starvation, dehydration, inadequate shelter, parasite infestations, failure to seek veterinary care when an animal is in need of medical attention, allowing a collar to grow into an animal’s skin, confinement without adequate light, ventilation, space, unsanitary conditions, and failure to trim hooves or nails resulting in excessive growth. In some cases, neglect is a result of the owner’s ignorance.

Cruelty and abuse involve deliberate physical harm or injury inflicted on an animal, such as beating or poisoning an animal.

The following may be signs of neglect or cruelty:

Wounds on the body.
Severely overgrown nails (often curling under) or hooves (often curling upwards).
Patches of missing hair.
Extremely thin, starving animals with ribs or backbone protruding.
Infected eyes that have been left untreated.
Limping.
Animals who are repeatedly left alone without food and water, either inside a residence or in a yard.
Animals who have been hit by cars and have not received veterinary attention.
Animals who are kept outside without shelter in extreme weather conditions.
An owner kicking, hitting or otherwise physically abusing an animal.
Severe flea or tick infestations left untreated.
Animals left in a car on a hot day.
Animals crammed into tiny cages in overcrowded conditions.
Abandonment (often when pet owners move)
Animals kept in dirty conditions including being forced to stand in their own urine and excrement.
Swellings, such as tumours or abscesses, left untreated.
Inhumane euthanasia.

I’ve made a complaint, will an officer contact me and tell me what he or she found?
Due to privacy laws in New Brunswick, the office cannot provide certain information but will give you a follow-up call and a brief update.
What happens to animals that are taken into the NBSPCA’s care?
When an animal is taken into care by an Animal Protection Officer it is given immediate veterinary care (if required), and then taken to a partner SPCA shelter. These animals are in the care of the NBSPCA anywhere from 48 hours to 15 days, depending on the case. During this holding period, the NBSPCA covers all costs related to the animal’s housing, feeding, and medical care. Once the holding period is up, the owner is required to pay associated bills. If the bills are not paid, the animals become the property of the NBSPCA and are released to a shelter to be adopted. If owners do pay associated bills, they may or may not get their animals back, depending on the case and whether charges are applicable.
What is the difference between an animal protection officer and other volunteer rescuers?
After passing an exam, Animal Protection Officers are appointed by the Minister of Environment and Local Government under the SPCA Act. They are the only people in the province, other than police officers, with the powers to enforce animal cruelty laws. Volunteer rescuers, rescue groups, shelter workers, and animal control officers do not have these powers.
Do officers investigate all complaints made?
Yes. Every complaint that comes in from the hotline is investigated by the officer in that specific area.

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Rural Dogs

Have you lost your dog or would you like to report a stray or nuisance dog? Read on below!

Rural Dogs

Have you lost your dog or would you like to report a stray or nuisance dog? Read on below!

Rural Dog Control:

The New Brunswick SPCA is responsible under contact with the NB Provincial Government for dog control in the rural areas and Local Service Districts of the province.

If you live in a Local Service District, call our province-wide number, 1 (877) 722-1522, for help with problems like:

 

  • Stray dogs running at large
  • Nuisance dogs
  • Dog attacks on people or animals

Have you lost your dog?

Do you live in a Local Service District?
Do you want to know if it has been picked up by a rural Dog Constable?

Rural Dog constables post notices of all dogs picked up running at large on the NBSPCA Facebook page.

Reporting Dog Control Issues:

The New Brunswick SPCA is responsible under contract with the Provincial Government for dog control in the rural areas of the province.

Dog control problems such as stray dogs, barking dogs, dog bites, etc., can be reported to the NBSPCA 24/7 at 1 (877) 722-1522.

Whenever possible, please provide a description of the dog and the address of the owner.

ID Your Pet:

All dogs in the province of New Brunswick are required by law to be registered and wear a dog tag. It’s crucial for your pet to have identification so they can be returned if they get lost.
Please note: When a Dog Control Officer picks up a stray dog with no tag it is immediately brought to a shelter. If a microchip is found in the dog the owners are contacted but must pay applicable fines and boarding fees for the dog, as well as purchase a tag.

FAQs: Rural Dog Control

What is considered a dog control issue?
Stray dogs, dogs running at large, nuisance barking, and dog bites are all issues dealt with by NBSPCA Dog Control Officers.
What should I do if my dog is lost?
If your dog becomes lost, you should check the NBSPCA Facebook page and/or call your local SPCA shelter. Be prepared to provide a detailed description of your dog along with the area in which it was lost.
What happens to a stray dog picked up by the NBSPCA?
When a stray dog is picked up and the owners are unknown, the dog is provided with immediate veterinary care (if needed), then housed at a partner SPCA shelter or kennel. Rural Dog Control Officers post notices of all dogs picked up running at large on our Facebook page. Under the Provincial Dog Regulations, if the dog is not claimed within 72 hours the dog becomes the property of the NBSPCA. We are fortunate to have partnerships with the local SPCA shelters and generally, the dogs are turned over to them for adoption.

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Pet Establishments

Read about all the regulations you need to follow to properly run a pet establishment.

Pet Establishments

Read about all the regulations you need to follow to properly run a pet establishment.

License Application:

All establishments in New Brunswick that breed or board for consideration are required to undergo an annual inspection and obtain a Pet Establishment License (PEL) through the province of New Brunswick.

To apply for your license or license renewal, please complete the following form below. You can also download the PDF version of the Pet Establishment Licensing application below and fax it to 506-458-8209 or mail it to the NBSPCA at following address:

P.O. Box 1412, Station A
Fredericton, NB
E3B 5E3

Please note: The PEL applies to the premises stated on the licence, not to the business or business-owner. The PEL is not an endorsement of any particular business or individual. Pursuant to s.15 of the Pet Establishment Regulation, NB Reg 2010-74, all advertisements for pet establishments must include the name and the licence number of the pet establishment. However, no business or individual is authorized to represent to the public that a PEL reflects an endorsement or recommendation by the NBSPCA.
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us.

Regulations:

What New Brunswick Pet Establishments need to be licensed?
Operators of pet establishments (kennels, pet retail stores, and animal shelters) across New Brunswick are required to obtain a license under the Pet Establishment Regulation. The Regulation also specifies standards of animal care for these establishments.
Established for the protection of animals, the Regulation is overseen and enforced by the New Brunswick Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NBSPCA).
Code of Practice for Kennel Operations:
Like the Codes of Practice developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Humane Canada, the CVMA and those associated with the livestock industry, this Code of Practice for the care, management, and breeding of dogs is an educational tool by dog breeders, members of the general public acquiring dogs, animal welfare groups, and as a standard by those interested in the promotion of quality care, management, and welfare practices.

FAQs: Pet Establishments

What is a pet establishment licence and why do I need one?
A pet establishment licence is a certificate issued by the province of New Brunswick after a facility has passed an inspection by the NBSPCA. The licence has a number specific to you that must be used when advertising litters of puppies for sale. In accordance with Section 23(1) of the New Brunswick SPCA Act, a person who operates a pet establishment without a licence commits an offence, and may be charged.
Who needs a pet establishment licence?
Currently, animal shelters, boarding kennels, doggy daycares, breeders, and pet retail stores all require pet establishment licences.
How do I get a pet establishment licence?
Applications for pet establishment licences can be found on the NBSPCA website and submitted online. A paper copy of the application can be mailed to you if you do not have Internet access. Once the application is received and payment has been made, an Animal Protection Officer will work with you to schedule your inspection.
How much does a licence cost?
Pet establishment licences cost $250 per year for breeders, boarding kennels, daycares, and pet retail stores. A licence for a shelter costs $100 per year. When a licence is issued it is valid for one year.
What happens during an inspection?
An Animal Protection Officer will attend your facility at an agreed time and date. There are different requirements for in-home breeders, pet retail stores, kennels, and shelters. The APO will go through checklists with you and work with you to improve any deficiencies. Upon passing your inspection an official licence will be issued and mailed to you. You must display it in your facility.
Where does my licence number need to be posted?
Licence numbers must be posted on all advertising materials, such as business cards, flyers, Kijiji ads, etc. Your official licence must be prominently displayed in your facility.
What is the purpose of pet establishment licences?
Pet establishment licensing ensures that all dogs and animals are kept and brought up in a clean and healthy environment. It also ensures that breeders and owners all comply with a certain standard of care. Pet establishment licensing is not intended to provide assurance about the quality of an individual animal offered for sale by a pet establishment or about an individual animal’s conformity to breed standards or registration requirements.

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Education and Special Projects

Education and Special Projects

Kibble Food Bank Network:

Spearheaded by the late Vanessa Packman who was an avid volunteer and former Board Member of the NBSPCA, the Kibble Pet Food Bank Network provides emergency food and supplies to pet parents during times of need.

Cat and dog guardians facing unemployment, fire, flooding or other emergencies are welcome to apply for help. Eligible owners are able to receive pet food and other supplies to help provide for their pet during these situations. The service helps pet parents keep their animals in challenging times while reducing the number of pets surrendered to SPCA shelters.

Please contact your local SPCA shelter if you are a pet owner in need, or if you wish to make a food or monetary donation to help feed others.

Rover Kit:

Get the right help right away! The NBSPCA Rover Kit helps you find fun and emergency Maritime animal resources quickly and easily. Animal venues in Atlantic Canada are listed here.

Note: This map link is provided for your information only. The NBSPCA does not endorse any of the businesses or groups listed here (with the exception of all SPCA shelters)

Recommended resource: Pet First Aid App (Canadian Red Cross)

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Communication

Communication

Position Statements

These position statements represent the collective opinion of the NB SPCA Board of Directors in order to provide clarity regarding the stance of the NB SPCA on certain animal welfare issues.

The Five Freedoms, which were first described by the Farm Animal Welfare Council of the UK are:

  1. Freedom from hunger and thirst
  2. Freedom from pain, injury and disease
  3. Freedom from distress
  4. Freedom from discomfort
  5. Freedom to express behaviours that promote well-being

Sled Dogs:

“The NB SPCA does not draw a line whereby the health and wellbeing of any dog may be compromised. With respect to keeping Sled Dogs for the purpose of financial gain or recreational pleasure, the NB SPCA believes the owner or caretaker must carry out this activity with respect and care for the dogs including affording them the same standards of care that protect all dogs under the core concept defined as the ‘Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare’.”

-Approved by the NB SPCA Board of Directors on May 15, 2019

Tethering:

“The NB SPCA recognizes that our regulations with respect to tethering provide minimum acceptable standards only. By nature, dogs are highly social animals. The NB SPCA opposes the indiscriminate chaining, or other methods of tethering of dogs without due regard for their physical and/or psychological well-being. Such practice significantly limits the ability of dogs to experience the core concepts defined within the ‘Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare’.”

-Approved by the NB SPCA Board of Directors on September 16, 2019

"An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language."

- Martin Buber

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