Convicted animal abuser Gail Benoit is facing new charges, including theft.

Benoit's legal aid lawyer appeared on her behalf in Bridgewater provincial court on Wednesday where she was expected to enter a plea on charges of theft, identity theft and fraud.

However, no plea was entered because Benoit's lawyer presented new information to the Crown and it is now being investigated.

Benoit was also expected to be arraigned on two new charges.

Crown prosecutor Leigh-Ann Bryson said there was "a theft charge for a theft of merchandise from Giant Tiger in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. As well, there was a breach charge for a breach of her undertaking and that's associated with the theft."

The new theft charge is alleged to have happened on July 15.

All five charges will be back before the courts Sept. 18.

Benoit is also facing an assault charge in Dartmouth court.