Woman will refill trailer with pets, says neighbour

A man who reported on his neighbour for abandoning 52 pets in her trailer home for more than two weeks is afraid she will reoffend.

Art Hacking reported Donalda Donahue, who left 52 animals alone in trailer home for 16 days

Art Hacking called the RCMP after neighbor left 52 animals unattended in her home. 2:28

A man who reported his neighbour after she abandoned 52 pets in her trailer home for more than two weeks is afraid she will re-offend.            

In the spring, Art Hacking called the RCMP after Donalda Donahue left the animals to fend for themselves, locked inside a trailer for 16 days while she was in Florida on vacation.

On Monday, a judge issued an order banning Donahue from keeping more than two animals — one dog and one cat — for the next 18 months. She was also given a three month conditional sentence, including one month of house arrest and was ordered to take a class from the SPCA on the proper care of  animals.

But the judgment doesn't go far enough, Hacking said.

He said he's certain that once the 18-month ban is over, Donahue's trailer will be filled up again with pets.

Several cats, dogs and rabbits, two bearded dragons, as well as a number of rodents were seized from her home. One of the dogs was already dead and another died shortly after being removed from the home.

"They finally came and took them out. It was like ridiculous — carting animals and animals out. How many animals are in the place?" he said.

CBC News tried to talk to Donahue Wednesday.

The man who answered at Donahue's home said the ordeal has been hard on the family, and Donahue isn't speaking to the media.

Hacking said he has no regrets reporting his neighbour.

The New Brunswick SPCA says more people should be vigilant.

"We really need the public's assistance in order to find these people," said Hilary Howes, SPCA executive director.

"There may be more cases that we're unaware of. So we really need anybody who has a concern like this in their neighbourhood to give us a call."

Calhoun, where Donahue lives, is a local service district that follows regulations outlined under the province's SPCA Act.

The act doesn't state a maximum number of animals allowed in a house, but it does cover standards, such as adequate space, ventilation, exercise and food — care that would be hard to deliver to 52 animals in a small trailer.


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