David Oakley, 57, of Pictou County, has been sentenced for animal cruelty under the Criminal Code of Canada. In February 2019, Oakley was charged with willfully and without lawful excuse to killing, maiming, wounding, poisoning, or injuring a dog that is kept for lawful purpose contrary to Section 445(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada along with willfully causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to a dog contrary to section 445.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada. Oakley was convicted in Pictou Provincial Court on January 25, 2021. He was given a lifetime prohibition order on owning animals and a 21-month conditional sentence, in which 12 months will be spent under house arrest.
Late in the evening of February 14, 2019, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Nova Scotia SPCA received a complaint regarding animal abuse. SPCA Enforcement Officers and RCMP members responded and found numerous puppies and one adult dog deceased on the property. One dog was found to be in critical distress and as a direct result of their condition, the dog was taken for emergency care. The dog has since made a full recovery and has been adopted. A small dog and guinea pig were also removed from the property and rehomed.
Hans Geser, 66, of Cambridge, has been sentenced for animal cruelty under the Animal Protection Act of Nova Scotia. In May 2019, Geser was charged for permitting an animal to be in distress, contrary to Section 21 (2) of the Animal Protection Act of Nova Scotia (2008) along with failing to provide an animal with adequate medical attention, contrary to Section 22 (B) of the Animal Protection Act of Nova Scotia (2008). Geser was convicted in Kentville Provincial Court on January 18, 2021, and was charged $25 per offense; $50 total.
On April 26th, 2019, the Nova Scotia SPCA received a complaint that a dog was outside with porcupine quills in his face. SPCA Enforcement Officers responded and found a large dog in distress. When the owner refused to seek treatment, the dog was seized and immediately taken for medical care. The dog endured three surgeries to remove the buried quills. He fully recovered and was later rehomed.