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Man, woman from Hantsport, N.S., charged with animal cruelty

Pet ownership is a serious commitment and owners must be willing to treat their pets when they are ill and in need of medical attention, says the SPCA.
Pet ownership is a serious commitment and owners must be willing to treat their pets when they are ill and in need of medical attention, says the SPCA. File/Global News

A man and woman from Hantsport, N.S., have been charged with animal cruelty after three dogs and four cats were found in distress.

The Nova Scotia SPCA says its officers received a call from RCMP on Feb. 11 about several dogs and cats in a home.

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SPCA officers found the animals were in distress and needed medical attention. The animals were taken from the property to receive veterinary care.

Loretta McLellan, 63, and Nicholas McLellan, 34, are charged with failing to provide animals with adequate medical attention when the animals were wounded or ill.

They are scheduled to appear in Windsor provincial court on April 16.

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The SPCA notes that owners have a right to appeal to an Animal Cruelty Appeal Board when their animals are seized. However, no appeal has been filed in this case, so the animals will remain in the SPCA’s custody and receive medical care, then be assessed for adoption.

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