Man Sentenced for Causing Dog to be in Distress

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Man Sentenced for Causing Dog to be in Distress

Xiong Zhou, 56, from Bedford, has been sentenced after causing an animal to be in distress, contrary to Section 26 (1) of the Animal Protection Act of Nova Scotia.

On August 31, 2023, Nova Scotia SPCA Enforcement Officers received a report about a dog owner who was refusing to have their animal receive veterinary medical treatment. When officers arrived at the residence the dog was emaciated, dehydrated, and unable to bear weight on its back end, a large mass had formed and was untreated. The animal was seized by officers.

Zhou is not allowed to own, have custody of, or be in care or control of any animal. As well, he is not to reside in any residence or on any property in which animals are housed or kept for three years. Zhou must surrender any animals currently in their care or custody to the Nova Scotia SPCA within 72 hours of the ruling.

“As dogs age they must continue to receive appropriate veterinary care,” says Chief Inspector Jo-Anne Landsburg. “To prevent any suffering of your animal, you should follow through with the professional advice of your veterinary medicine team.”

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