Friday, March 28, 2008
Cruelty Charges laid in Celtic Pets Case today
So today cruelty charges were laid in the Celtic Pets case - 4 charges each against Zonda MacIsaac and Alice MacIsaac. The evening news reports are below.
It looks like the NS SPCA is saying that between January and February 2008 that Zonda and Alice willfully neglected the animals in their care and they're charging them under the criminal code of Canada for it.
I love in the news piece how Judith Gass goes on about that the seizure:
"We did a great job on this. I think we did an excellent job, we did a job that we were asked to do on under the Act, we're asked to work this... we're asked to work if we get a complaint, we're asked to work with this person, we have worked with this person, uh we worked very hard, we would have moved heaven and earth to resolve this situation..."
I should say though that she said this on March 14th (the line above her head says "February 7th" - I think Elizabeth Chiu's editors got their dates mixed up - Judith Gass is wearing the same clothes and petting the same cat that she was petting the day she was interviewed for my news piece about my letter from the SPCA - which was March 14th, 2008) - and it's also interesting that today they're giving her the title of "NS SPCA Investigations Chair" - she's not a "Spokesperson" for the NS SPCA today. For all of you who are keeping track - isn't that interesting?
Anyway - here's the news piece:
Friday evening the Chronicle Herald posted an article stating what the charges are (it's interesting that so far they are only served with a summons):
Mother, daughter charged in animal cruelty case
By The Canadian Press
Fri. Mar 28 - 8:05 PM
PORT HAWKESBURY _ Charges have been laid against a mother and daughter in Cape Breton in connection with a highly publicized case of animal cruelty.
The charges follow the seizure last month of dozens of cats and dogs found soaked in urine and covered in their own feces.
The accused are Zonda Lee MacIsaac, owner of Celtic Pets Rescue, and her mother Alice MacIsaac, a former SPCA special constable.
They are each facing four counts _ two under the Criminal Code and two under the Animal Cruelty Act.
The charges are wilfully permitting unnecessary pain and suffering to animals; having care of domestic animals and failing to provide proper care by providing food, water and shelter; allowing an animal to be in distress; and wilfully causing pain to an animal.
The charges against the elder MacIsaac relate to 24 dogs and one cat, while the charges against Zonda MacIsaac relate to 27 dogs and pups and 78 cats.
The two women were served with a summons Friday and are scheduled to be formally arraigned on the charges during a provincial court appearance May 21.
An animal shelter was raided Feb. 2 and 105 animals were removed.
Days later, an additional 25 animals, believed to be overflow from the shelter, were seized from a home in a Port Hawkesbury subdivision.
Several cats have been euthanized due to sickness and others continue to recover from respiratory illnesses.
Most of the cats were found in a sewage-filled basement, covered in so much fecal matter that some had to be shaved.