A Lunenburg County woman can't own pets for 10 years after she admitted to allowing two of her dogs to be in distress.
Sara Roberts of Beech Hill changed her plea to guilty October 20 on one count under the province's Animal Protection Act. The other charge of failing to provide an animal with adequate medical attention when the animal is wounded or ill was dropped by the Crown after sentencing.
Roberts, 36, was scheduled to go to trial the following week on a pair of animal cruelty allegations.
Scovil said animals rely on their owners for help and the matter shouldn't have reached this stage. He endorsed the Crown recommendation of a $500 fine to accompany the pet ownership prohibition. The fine amount factored in her early guilty plea and lack of a prior record.
"It's hard as a judge; you want to do more in relation to these types of sentencings, but you have to look at all the facts and what we can do," Scovil said, "and none of us can go back in time and protect those animals other than you [Roberts] could have at the time."