Kijiji Buyers BEWARE of Puppy SCAM!

Gail Benoit & Dana Bailey continue to sell puppies despite their previous convictions of Animal Cruelty and upcomming charges on numerous other animal cruelty charges. They are now operating out of Dartmouth/Halifax area & continue to post ads on Kijiji in hopes of generating new sales.

"There was no doubt the pair mistreated dogs."

"The distressed state of the puppies was not a sudden occurrence. It developed over time. Even if the appellants’ control of the puppies had been brief — a matter of days — there was ample time and opportunity to relieve their then obvious distress, or to begin doing so,"

Characterization lacked "any air of reality" - Justice Peter Bryson Source

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Gail Benoit gets jail time for 2007 assault

April 9th 2009 by Jeanne Whitehead/Digby Courier

After shouting at Judge Jean-Louis Batiot, Dana Bailey continued his verbal tirade as he left the court house Jeanne Whitehead photo Gail Benoit gets jail time for 2007 assault
Benoit, Bailey each fined $1500 for animal cruelty

Today, seconds after Judge Jean-Louis Batiot sentenced Gail Benoit to 21 days jail time for her 2007 assault of SPCA special constable Nancy Noel, the female half of the Benoit Bailey puppy broker team began weeping and her knees buckled beneath her.

Her apparent medical crisis triggered a verbal outburst by her common law spouse, Dana Bailey.

“How could you do this to a woman who has had surgery on tumours in her neck?” Bailey yelled at the judge. “How could you do this? She has kids at home.”

Benoit and Bailey were also each fined $1,500 for animal cruelty and instructed to pay restitution of $2478 to the SPCA.

The April 16 sentencing was in response to being found guilty on assault and animal cruelty charges stemming from the 2007 seizure of 10 sick, malnourished puppies from their Roxville property.

The raid by SPCA officers (accompanied by RCMP officers) took place on two October days, a point that was duly noted by Judge Batiot.

The judge was prepared to disregard the fact that Benoit had two prior convictions in the mid 90s for assaulting peace officers, and sentenced her to 18 months probation on her first Oct. 2007 assault charge. But the fact that she assaulted and obstructed Noel two days later—at a time when she had already consulted with her lawyer—meant her behavior must be denounced.

Crown attorney Rosalind Michie had also asked the judge to ban Benoit and Bailey from animal ownership, but the law indicates that such a ban can be imposed when the animals that have suffered cruelty or neglect are owned by the abuser.

The Valley Bull puppies that were seized in October 2007 were owned Pat Harlow-Robar who expected Benoit and Bailey to sell the pups on her behalf.

Benoit and Bailey will appear in court again in September on animal cruelty charges relating to their 2008 sale of sick and dying puppies


Local News Update April 9, 2009

A woman convicted of animal cruelty and assault will spend 21 days in jail. The sentencing of Gail Benoit happened in Digby Court this morning, and Benoit passed out when she heard the ruling. Benoit and her husband Dana Bailey, who was also convicted on animal cruelty charges, have been fined and are prohibited from owning animals for the next 8 months, pending their trial on more animal cruelty charges.

The two who were selling puppies were charged after several of the dogs they sold died from Parvo Virus. Bailey became very loud upon hearing the ruling, and had to be escorted out of the courthouse by the RCMP. Benoit was sentenced to jail time because it's her third assault conviction.

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