Gwen Young, a pet owner and volunteer at the Oromocto, New Brunswick SPCA, is outraged that a man from Minto, New Brunswick was acquitted Tuesday of killing five small dogs, even though he admitted to hitting them on the head with a hammer.
"It's an absolute shock to think this would be OK in today's society," Young said Wednesday.
"Right across Canada for years, animal rights activists and SPCA people have been talking and arguing and fighting with political powers that be to change the system. They have been dragging their feet for years."
Keith Barton, 73, was found not guilty on five counts under Section 446 of the Criminal Code of Canada of killing a dog when he appeared in Burton provincial court Tuesday.
The charges were laid in connection with a visit to his kennel by SPCA officers March 6, 2008. The SPCA was preparing to seize the animals.
Instead of letting that
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