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Wolfville man with over 20 dogs charged with animal cruelty


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A Wolfville man is facing charges after the SPCA received a complaint about a large number of dogs living on a property in Kings County.

The SPCA said in a release that it found more than 20 dogs living on the property when it went to investigate a complaint last October that several dogs on the property were not receiving proper care. It said that while it found some violations, it worked with the owner to try bring him in line with provincial laws.

After another complaint was received in December, investigators found more violations and seized one dog because of medical issues. They also gave the man another order to bring conditions on the property up to standards.

On Jan. 9, the owner lost an appeal to the animal cruelty board that sought a reversal of the seizure. Investigators went back to the property the next day to follow up on the December compliance order, and ended up seizing another dog before the owner denied them further access to the property.

Investigators returned with a search warrant five days later and seized 20 more dogs from the residence.

Brian Merrill Levy, 72, has been charged with causing animals to be in distress, failing to ensure that an animal had an adequate source of water, failing to provide adequate medical attention when an animal was wounded or ill, failing to provide an animal with reasonable protection from injurious cold, interfering and obstructing a person exercising powers under the Animal Protection Act, and failing to comply with direction pursuant to the act

Levy is scheduled to appear in Kentville provincial court on March 12.

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