Max, a shepherd cross, is pictured in this file photo after the Clarenville area SPCA and the RCMP took the dog from its home in an emaciated condition last March. The dog died soon after.
The Packet — Clarenville
A Hillview couple was sentenced to two years probation and 50 hours of community service today in provincial court in Clarenville.
Harvey Murlin Price, 42, and Jacqueline Cooper, 38 had been found guilty under charges under the Canadian Criminal Code for Cruelty to Animals, on Dec. 10, 2012.
They also received fines — $1,000 for Price, and $500 for Cooper — and a combined fine of $510 for restitution to the Clarenville SPCA.
Price received a higher fine breaching a similar section of the Animal Cruelty act in 2002.
In March of 2012 the SPCA and had been called to investigate neglected animals found on Price’s property.
Their dog, a mixed-breed shepard named Max, had been living in a dilapidated dog house, without food and his water dish was frozen.
The SPCA found the animal to be underweight, with significant muscle loss, some broken teeth and visible ulcerations.
The animal was euthanized several days after being taken into the SPCA’s care.
Justice Patrick Kennedy said a mitigating factor was that the animal only suffered the last couple weeks of its life and the decision not to euthanize was out of pity due to losing a member of the family.
“There was no brutal attack or torture. However, Max did suffer for at least two weeks and the accused did nothing to improve conditions,” said Kennedy.
“If an animal trusts you, the community trusts you will care for the animal.”
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A sentence of monetary fines paired with a period of probation has been issued for a couple found guilty, in December 2012, on two counts of cruelty to animals — one for neglect and one for causing injury.
The convictions were based on treatment of their pet dog, a Sheppard cross mix named Max.
The dog was removed rom the couple’s home in Hillview in March 2012.
“Upon removal, Max was extremely emaciated, had lost all muscle mass, and was no longer able to walk on his own,” notes a statement issued by the Clarenville Area SPCA following the sentencing.
The SPCA took part in removing the dog from the home and housed the animal before, after a few days, it was put down to prevent further suffering.
The sentence in the case was handed down this morning in a courtroom in Clarenville.
The names of the two individuals sentenced will be published by The Telegram once confirmed with the court.
According to the SPCA statement, the first individual involved was given a $500 and two years probation. She was also ordered to pay $255 to the Clarenville SPCA to cover their costs in removing and caring for the dog.
The second individual was issued a fine of $1,000 and two years probation. He will also have to pay $255 to the SPCA.