So here we have it - a conviction of sorts - the ladies have plead guilty on one count each. I'm sure that everyone should be very happy that they have admitted guilt.
I wonder what happened today to turn the tide and make them change their pleas from innocent to guilty - the last I heard the elder MacIsaac was going into court today to fight the search warrant that she was issued when they came and seized her animals last February.
So I wonder what happened today. They can't help out with any animals for 20 years - but they are allowed to own pets - but the NS SPCA can go in and inspect their property at any time.
There has been some justice in this case. And it seems that - although the news story didn't say it - that they are not going to get any of their animals back - I'm assuming that since the news story didn't mention anything about the animals that were seized - that they aren't getting any back. Which is good - they can all stay in their adoptive homes. Except of course for one lady that I know who has dumped a few cats because she decided to move from a house to an apartment - and even though she professed to be a professional rescuer - she was just the same as a lot of poseurs... and shame on her.
Anyway - here's tonight's news piece -
From the Hawk 101.5 -
Guilty pleas in Celtic Pets case
Friday, December 05, 2008 , 13:30
Almost 9 months after charges were laid, two local women have pleaded guilty to causing an animal distress under the Provincial Animal Act.
43 year old Zonda MacIsaac and 64 year old Alice MacIsaac were in Port Hawkesbury Provincial court on Friday.
What was supposed to be a preliminary voir-dire quickly changed direction with the guilty pleas.
The charges stem from a raid at Zonda MacIsaac's Celtic Pets rescue shelter in West Bay Road in February.
More than 90 cats and dogs were seized.
25 more animals were seized from Alice MacIsaac's home about a week later.
The crown and defense presented their joint sentencing recommendation to the judge, which includes a $1000 fine for each woman.
A prohibition order was also recommended and although the order would see both Zonda and Alice MacIsaac banned from operating any type of animal rescue shelter for the next 20 years, Crown Prosecutor Dan MacRury notes that the two can keep their pets.
"I think there was a past history that these people treated animals very fairly, however, it's very clear that they can't look after a large number of animals and that's the facts that I had to make the decision on."
The judge will make a decision on the recommendation Friday afternoon.