Changes Would See Nova Scotia Recover Costs from Owners in Animal Cruelty Cases (NS-Farm-Animal-Seizur)
November 09, 2011
The Nova Scotia Agriculture Department is looking to recover the costs associated with the seizure and care of farm animals in abuse cases.
Agriculture Minister John MacDonell says changes under the Animal Protection Act would enable the department to recover the costs from the animal's owner.
Under another change, the department would be able to sell seized farm animals after a 72-hour waiting period.
The proceeds would go to the owner only after the province has deducted the costs incurred by taxpayers for the animal's care after seizure.
The province is currently responsible for all costs and the animals must remain in its care until the completion of a judicial review of the case.
MacDonell says the changes could result in substantial savings, although he has no figures to back the claim.
Provincial inspector Leighann Hartnett says there were four cases in 2010 of the province seizing farm animals and the cost ran into the thousands of dollars.
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