A couple in Nova Scotia convicted of animal cruelty has been banned from having animals for 10 years.
Melissa Martin, 57 and Roy Slaunwhite, 55 are residents of North Kentville. They both pled guilty after a public complaint in October 2016 was made to the SPCA. An investigative team was called in and the remains of two cats were exhumed from a shallow grave in North Kentville behind an apartment complex.
The Agricultural College in Truro conducted a necropsy, where it was determined the two cats died from emaciation and a severe flea infestation.
Martin and Slaunwhite were convicted of causing distress to an animal and failing to provide an animal with adequate medical attention when an animal is wounded or ill. They were sentenced to probation plus the 10-year ban on having pets under the Animal Protection Act.
The SPCA urges those with animal welfare concerns to call their confidential 24-hour hotline at 1-888-703-7722.