September 3, 2014 11:49 am

Hudson passes animal protection bylaw

HUDSON, Que. – A small Quebec town west of Montreal is taking action against puppy mills and animal abuse.

On Tuesday night, Hudson passed a bylaw that introduces stiff fines for anyone caught abusing an animal and gives new powers to shut down controversial breeding mills.

SPCA spokesperson Alana Devine talks about Hudson’s strict pet rules

Animal abusers could face $7,500 fines per charge of animal abuse and businesses trying to sell animals through puppy mills or breeding mills will be shut down.

The new bylaw also allows for alley cats and dogs to be captured and then spayed or neutered.

The Quebec town of Hudson adopted strict rules against animal abuse on September 2, 2014.

David Sedell/Global News

It comes as the Quebec government announced it plans to clean up the province’s reputation as a place where animal abuse is rampant.

READ MORE: Quebec to amend Civil Code to better protect animals from abuse

New legislation would redefine the status of an animal in the province’s Civil Code, ensuring that  cats, dogs and other animals will no longer be considered as “personal property” but as living, “sentient” creatures.

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