A former president with the Yarmouth SPCA has pled guilty to animal abuse charges in Yarmouth provincial court.
Neil Hackett has been banned from owning farm animals, after the court was told he permitted horses to suffer while they were in his care. He was also fined $685.21 by Judge Robert Prince.
Concern arose on Feb. 6, when the RCMP was called to Hackett’s farm regarding the death of one horse and the condition of four others.
A complaint was filed with the Nova Scotia SPCA on Feb. 8 alleging cruelty and neglect of the animals in his care and custody.
Hackett was subsequently suspended from duties pending the outcome of the investigation for neglect and animal cruelty.