You tube CTV News Clip - Jan 05/09
January 05, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Charges Laid Today in Digby Puppy Broker Case
New charges of animal cruelty were laid today against Gail Benoit and Dana Bailey, puppy brokers operating out of the Digby area. Benoit and Bailey garnered attention in August when the owners of sick puppies purchased from the couple came forward with their stories. Four of those puppies died from the fatal parvo virus within hours or days of being purchased by their new owners.
“Today’s charges are a result of months of work by our investigations unit, gathering the information required to attain warrants and press charges, including the execution of a warrant to seize footage from CTV News. While we are pleased to announce that these new charges have been laid, we urge the public to remain vigilant about puppy brokers and make educated decisions about purchasing any pet,” says Sean Kelly, Chair of the Nova Scotia SPCA Investigations Committee. “The real power to stop puppy brokers and shut down puppy mills lies is consumer power: if people stop supporting these businesses by buying puppies from them, they will not be able to operate,” Kelly continues.
The Nova Scotia SPCA encourages adoption as a humane alternative to purchasing pets. SPCAs in Nova Scotia are often overflowing with young and adult animals that deserve loving new homes. Often, adoption fees include vaccinations, microchipping, and the pet's spay or neuter operation, making adoption not only a humane option, but an affordable one as well. For those interested in a specific breed of dog or cat, there are many breed-specific rescues that can help match adopters to lifetime companions.
The Nova Scotia SPCA also supports acquiring pets from reputable breeders who take responsibility for their animals for their entire lives, educate and screen potential new owners, and provide follow-up support after purchase or adoption.
The Nova Scotia SPCA is a non-profit registered charity organized under the provincial Animal Cruelty Prevention Act, dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals and to the promotion of respect and humane care for animals. The Nova Scotia SPCA relies almost entirely on donations to sustain its animal cruelty investigations unit.
For media interviews or further information, please contact Sean Kelly or Mary Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Nova Scotia SPCA provincial office at (902) 835-4798.