SPCA seizes puppies Digby County woman arrested; animal cruelty charges pending By BRIAN MEDEL Yarmouth Bureau Sat. Oct 27 - 5:33 AM
DIGBY — Provincial SPCA investigators seized puppies from a property in Roxville, near Digby, on Friday for the second day in a row.
Every RCMP officer available in the town Friday also went to the blue bungalow on Highway 217, where things turned ugly in a hurry.
Gail Benoit was home when the officers arrived and was arrested. She was screaming obscenities and rocking violently in the back seat of a police car when she was taken away.
Cpl. Trish McQuarrie later took photos of a large gob of phlegm on the plastic shield between the front and back seats where Ms. Benoit allegedly spat.
"All we're there for is to keep the peace . . . and to ensure that the SPCA officers are able to do their job," Cpl. McQuarrie said.
Eight puppies were seized from the home and garage on Friday after two were taken away on Thursday.
Ms. Benoit's husband, Dana Bailey, was not home during the raid but he arrived at the Digby RCMP detachment shortly after 5:30 p.m. and began shouting at officers.
"What were you doing at my house again today?" he said, continuing to shout and curse.
"You'd better let her out," he said, referring to his wife. "She's had enough. Do you hear me? She's had enough."
He then jumped into his minivan and drove off.
A sign on the rural home's mailbox says Puppies Us. A middle word or letter appears to be missing.
Judith Gass, past-president of the Nova Scotia SPCA, said investigators at the property on Thursday found more pups thought to be infested with parasites, so they returned on Friday.
Some of the pups had bulging abdomens and likely carried large loads of worms, Ms. Gass said.
She said charges under the provincial Animal Cruelty Prevention Act and the Criminal Code are pending against one or more occupants of the home.
The SPCA was acting on complaints, Ms. Gass said, and the investigation will continue.