June 18, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government has strengthened animal protection and dog control in the province to better protect people and animals.
"My department has been very active and progressive on the animal protection file, and we will continue to support the New Brunswick Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NBSPCA) in its delivery of programs relating to animal cruelty and animal protection," said Local Government Minister Bernard LeBlanc.
Improvements to animal protection and dog control include:
"We appreciate and respect the work of the NBSPCA, and we value the partnership we have with this organization," said LeBlanc. "We have worked hard to develop this relationship, and my department will continue to build on our collaborative successes to date."
Amendments to the SPCA Act (Bill 85), adopted today, complement the efforts of government.
"Animal cruelty and abuse will not be tolerated in New Brunswick," said LeBlanc. "Our government sees Bill 85 as a complement to efforts we have undertaken since we took office. This bill demonstrates our commitment, on both sides of the legislature, to animal protection in New Brunswick through higher penalties and fines for a person who has ownership, possession or the care and control of an animal and who fails to provide the animal with adequate food, water, shelter and care."
MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Connor, communications, Department of Local Government, 506-444-4693.