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