The accused was charged under sections 446(1)(a) and (c) of the Criminal Code for causing or permitting to be caused unnecessary pain, suffering, injury to cattle. In execution of a warrant, the SPCA, with the help of the RCMP, seized 138 heads of cattle from the farm in question. The accused blamed the condition of the cattle on government distribution of pollutants over his farm.
Inadequate feed and access to water, refusal to sell or cull any cattle, as well as mismanagement of the breeding of cattle lead to the accused being found guilty as charged. To avoid double jeopardy, the Court stayed the charges under the Animal Cruelty Prevention Act.
Source: Case Law
Jurisdiction: Nova Scotia