R v Benoit, 2010 NSSC 97

Appeal of convictions relating to charges under s 11(2) of the Animal Cruelty Prevention Act for failing to relieve animals in distress, and under the Criminal Code for assaulting a police officer and obstruction. The Court dismissed the appeal, finding that the appellants were in charge of the puppies, the puppies were in distress and that the parties failed to relieve the animals in distress. Furthermore, the Court found that the appellants exercised no due diligence to avoid committing the offence charged and that they were not entitled additional opportunity to correct their shortcomings in their care of the puppies.

Source: Case Law

Jurisdiction: Nova Scotia

Topics: distressdue diligencemistake of factphysiological distresspuppiespuppy brokerpuppy millstrict liability offence

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