WEST DALHOUSIE - Two West Dalhousie residents are facing charges under the Animal Protection Act.
On Feb. 11, 24 dogs – including several newborn puppies – as well as four rabbits were seized after a search of the couple’s property.
The couple cannot be named because the male faces other court charges of attempted murder that involve a youth, whose identity is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
The man and woman face six charges under the Animal Protection Act, including failing to provide the animals with an adequate source of water; failing to provide adequate medical attention; failing to provide reasonable protection from injurious cold; confining animals in an inadequate space and unsanitary conditions without providing the opportunity for exercise; causing an animal to be in distress; and interference and obstruction of an officer carrying out the Animal Protection Act.
A court date will be set in the future.
In a release following the seizure, the SPCA said the seizure came after they were alerted to a suspected puppy mill in Annapolis County.
The owner of the property had several outstanding arrest warrants and was arrested on site by RCMP officers who accompanied the SPCA Cruelty Investigations Team to the site.
Due to the severity of the condition the animals were found in, the SPCA seized them and brought them immediately to a veterinarian for immediate care and full vet exams. They said several of the dogs have severe matting and urine stained fur.