Thai Lowe, 23, of Fletcher’s Lake, was convicted in Halifax Provincial Court today, July 20, 2022, for willfully and without lawful excuse, killing a dog that is kept for a lawful purpose, contrary to section 445 (1) (a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Lowe was sentenced to a 10-year prohibition from owning, being in the custody or control of, and residing with animals. Lowe was given a conditional sentencing order of 180-days which includes 60-days of house arrest except for legal or medical counseling, or employment obligations. He will be on 12 months of probation, during which, he must also keep the peace. Lowe was ordered to pay restitution, a victim surcharge, and abide by the court’s conditions.
On December 27, 2019, the Nova Scotia SPCA responded to a complaint that involved a dog at a veterinary clinic with undetermined medical conditions in need of immediate assistance. The serious wounds inflicted on the dog led to its passing. SPCA Enforcement Officers conducted a thorough investigation and as a result, animal cruelty charges were laid.
“Today shows how a confidential complaint to the SPCA helps to hold individuals responsible for their actions,” says Jo-Anne Landsburg, Chief Provincial Inspector at the Nova Scotia SPCA. “When you see an animal suffering or being abused, please contact the SPCA. Our officers will investigate.”
The Nova Scotia SPCA has a zero-tolerance policy for animal cruelty and neglect. All concerns and complaints submitted to the SPCA are kept confidential. You can report acts of cruelty by calling the SPCA toll-free at 1-888-703-7722, e-mailing email@example.com, or filling out an online form at www.novascotiaspca.ca/reportcruelty.