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Halifax woman sentenced for animal cruelty : SPCA

The SPCA says eight dogs were rescued from a parked minivan and a ninth dog was found deceased
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A Halifax woman has been sentenced after the Nova Scotia SPCA says eight dogs were rescued from a parked minivan almost four years ago.

The organization says a ninth dog was found deceased.

Its investigators responded the after-hours emergency on November 21, 2016.

"One dog was tied to the front seat while others were trapped in tiny carriers unable to sit or stand," said the SPCA in a news release. "There was an overpowering smell of ammonia and garbage."

The group's chief provincial inspector said the pups were heavily covered in urine and feces.

"Some were emaciated and full of parasites," Jo-Anne Landsburg said. "One was suffering from an untreated broken leg which had to be amputated."

A necropsy on the deceased dog confirmed it died of severe emaciation, gastric hemorrhage, endo-parasitism, and pressure sores. 

The other eight dogs have been successfully rehabilitated and rehomed.

According to the SPCA, 72-year-old Gloria Adele Martell of Halifax was sentenced on Sept. 23 after pleading guilty to:

  • Owning and willfully permitting unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to dogs
  • Having custody or control of domestic dogs, abandoning them in distress and willfully neglecting, failing to provide suitable and adequate food, water, shelter and care

The organization says Martell was sentenced to 10 months in jail for the first charge and 3 months jail, concurrent, for the second, along with 35 months of probation with mental health counselling.

It says she's also been ordered to pay $1,815 restitution to the SPCA and she's is banned for life from owning animals.

The Nova Scotia SPCA has a zero-tolerance policy for animal cruelty, which you can report by calling the confidential toll-free line at 1-888-703-7722.


Meghan Groff

About the Author: Meghan Groff

Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the community editor for HalifaxToday.ca.
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