Former President of Yarmouth SPCA under investigation

February 10, 2011

Nova Scotia (February 10, 2011) –A complaint was received early February 8, 2011 regarding Neil Hackett alleging cruelty and neglect of the animals in his care and custody. The Department of Agriculture was immediately informed and the SPCA's side of the investigation is being carried out by the RCMP to avoid any perception of a conflict of interest.

The Executive of the Provincial Board of Directors met on the evening of February 8, 2011 regarding the status of Neil's position with the Society. They passed a motion to suspend him from his duties as a board member of the SPCA pending the outcome of the investigation and Mr. Hackett was advised. Late the same evening, Mr. Hackett's resignation was received and accepted.

The investigation is ongoing.

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