On June 21, 2022, Animal Protection Officers of the NBSPCA responded to a report of a neglected dog in Lavillette, north of Miramichi. A concerned caller had reported that the dog seems to have been chained its whole life. Upon investigation, Officers discovered the dog chained in the backyard with the chain embedded in his neck.
In addition to the embedded chain, the dog was also dirty, very thin, and missing fur. The owners surrendered the dog to the Officers, and he was taken for immediate emergency veterinary care, where he underwent surgery to remove the chain and received treatment for other medical concerns.
The dog was taken to the safety of the Bathurst SPCA animal shelter. There the staff renamed him “Link” and he received daily medical care delivered with lots of love and attention that allowed him to recover from his surgery, gain some weight and get ready to find a new forever home. Link made a full recovery and was adopted to a new loving home.
On January 9, 2023, Bernard Boucher and Hugo Boucher made their initial court appearance at Miramichi Provincial Court to respond to the charges under the New Brunswick SPCA Act for failing to provide food, water, shelter, and medical care to Link
The accused plead not guilty to all charges and the trial is set for Spring 2024.
About New Brunswick SPCA
Founded in 1881, New Brunswick SPCA (NBSCPA) is the only province-wide organization mandated to enforce animal protection laws. A dedicated team of 15 Animal Protection Officers is vested with the authority under the SPCA Act of New Brunswick to investigate and, if necessary, lay charges, seize animals, or issue orders to persons suspected of abuse and cruelty to animals.
The NBSPCA is a registered charity that exists to provide province-wide leadership in the humane treatment of animals. We enforce relevant legislation, ensure shelter for neglected or abused domesticated animals and agricultural animals, and provide public education and advocacy to empower New Brunswickers to help animals live long and healthy lives.
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