Hillview couple fined for animal cruelty
Two people from Hillview have been fined for animal cruelty.
Jacqueline Cooper and Harvey Murlin Price were charged after the Clarenville SPCA seized a malnourished dog from their property a year ago.
The German Shepherd mix, Max, had to be put down a few days later. Police said the animal was extremely emaciated when officers helped the local SPCA take the dog during the winter of 2012.
After a trial, Cooper and Price were convicted in December for neglecting the animal and causing it to suffer.
In Clarenville provincial court Thursday morning, Judge Patrick Kennedy fined Cooper $575, while Price has been ordered to pay $1,150.
Cooper and Price have also been ordered to pay compensation to the Clarenville Area SPCA for the expenses relating to the care of the dog. They have six months to pay all fines and surcharges.
Price, who has a 2002 conviction of animal cruelty, was also sentenced to serve 50 hours of community service over the next two years.
Both Cooper and Price will be on probation for two years.
Judge Kennedy did not order any prohibition in regard to owning animals in this case.
The Max Memorial Protection Fund was created after the animal's death to raise awareness of animal cruelty and neglect in the province.