UPDATE: More than a dozen animal cruelty charges for C.B.S. man

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A Conception Bay South man is facing more than a dozen animal cruelty-related charges after he reportedly neglected and injured seven of his pit bulls.

Shey, one of the dogs recovered from a home in Upper Gullies, has been adopted and his new owners say he is doing well. — Photo courtesy Town of Conception Bay South

Ross Martin was arrested May 13 and is charged with seven counts each of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and causing damage or injury to an animal under the Criminal Code of Canada.

The 35-year-old is also facing additional charges under the Animal Health and Protection Act — being the owner, permitting an animal to be in distress, failing to keep a dog safely tethered or penned and non-compliance with standards in Schedule B (Dog Owners).

Martin is due to appear in provincial court in St. John’s June 19.

The charges were laid following a a three-month investigation that began after the dogs were seized from a property on Kennedy’s Road in Upper Gullies on Dec. 11, 2013.

At about 5:45 p.m. that day, RNC patrol services responded to a report from a municipal enforcement officer with the Town of C.B.S. regarding a report of neglected animals.

Local veterinary personnel were also contacted to assist in the case.

The seven pit bulls were taken from the property and brought to a veterinary hospital for treatment.

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A 35-year-old Conception Bay South man has been charged with animal cruelty in connection with an investigation started after seven neglected pit bulls were seized from a C.B.S. property Dec. 11, 2013.

The man is charged with causing damage or injury and causing unnecessary suffering under the Criminal Code of Canada.

The accused is also facing additional charges under the Animal Health and Protection Act. Those charges are owner permitting animal to be in distress, failing to keep dog safety tethered or penned and non-compliance with standards in Schedule B (Dog Owners).

The accused is scheduled to appear in court on June 19.

About 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 RNC patrol services responded to a report from a municipal enforcement officer with the town of Conception Bay South regarding a report of neglected animals.

Local veterinary personnel were also contacted to assist in the case.

Seven pit bulls were seized and taken to a veterinary hospital for treatment.

On May 13, the RNC arrested and charged the man.

Geographic location: Canada, Conception Bay South

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  • Sheila
    May 23, 2014 - 08:31

    Those that neglect and abuse animals are lower than the low. In my opinion they are a waste of space and air. People like this do not deserve to exist in my opinion the world would be a better place without them. Shame on him and the family and neighbors that did not report him sooner.

  • Louis Humphreys
    May 22, 2014 - 21:08

    These animals should be banned.

    • Sheila
      May 23, 2014 - 08:37

      What does abusing these animals have do to with whether they are banned. The issue is a dirtbag abused animals, perhaps he should be banned and save the world one less ass

  • Darrell
    May 22, 2014 - 16:23

    Didn't expect anything any better from someone from C.B.S.

  • Puppy Friend
    May 22, 2014 - 12:49

    As a friend....notice I don't say owner...of a wonderful 4 legged companion, frankly I do not understand the mentality of those who mistreat any animal. It's difficult to be objective in this case, but I do hope that charges are pursued to the fullest possible extent.

  • Blighter
    May 22, 2014 - 11:59

    Did the cops have a warrant?

    • Niks
      May 22, 2014 - 12:37

      What? The animals were seized / rescued at the request of municipal enforcement / humane services. They were well within their jurisdiction and rights to remove these distressed animals.

  • guy incognito
    May 22, 2014 - 10:55

    Too often skeets have these dogs as some sort of status symbol.