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Woman charged after Halifax police find dead dog in car

Nova Scotia SPCA say the woman has been arrested and is due in court on Thursday.

A Cape Breton woman has been charged after police found a dead dog in a parked vehicle in Halifax earlier this year.

In a news release sent Thursday, the SPCA said Bethany MacLean, from Little Narrows, has been charged for leaving “a dog inside of a vehicle for an undetermined amount of time and failing to provide the dog with adequate food and water.”

MacLean was arrested and charged with causing unnecessary suffering or injury to an animal and failing to provide suitable and adequate food, water, shelter and care. MacLean was expected to appear in Halifax provincial court on Thursday.

Halifax Regional Police contacted the SPCA on May 25 after finding the dog in a vehicle in a parkade in the 5600 block of Spring Garden Road – between South Park Street and Dresden Row.

Police and the SPCA worked together on the investigation and police laid charges this week.

“I’m very pleased to have jointly worked on this file with Halifax Regional Police who brought charges forward,” Jo-Anne Landsburg, chief inspector for the Nova Scotia SPCA, said in a statement.

“Sadly, it was a very unfortunate outcome for the dog.”

Niether the SPCA or police had much more detail on the file, but police spokesperson Wendy Mansfield asked the public to immediately report any instance of animal cruelty.

“Obviously you can contact the SPCA, but if there’s an emergency situation where you think that an animal is in distress, call police and we can respond,” Mansfield said.

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