Nova Scotia

Family with 14 dogs homeless

A homeless Glace Bay woman and her son now have a tent to sleep in, after spending several nights under blankets in a ball field.

A homeless Glace Bay woman and her son now have a tent to sleep in, after spending several nights under blankets in a ball field.

Kelly Jones and her 36-year-old son were evicted from their Glace Bay apartment on Friday. They've been living in the ball field ever since.

Workers at the Jewels and Gems daycare got a shock Monday when they found two people sleeping nearby.

"If you were to go camping today you have internet, you'd have a shower, a toilet, you have water. They have none of that. Not even any food," said Katherine MacMullen, a daycare employee.

MacMullen phoned several places about the homeless mother and son. She said the Red Cross told her it couldn't help, while local stores said they were out of camping supplies.

The sight of a tent in the ball field has people in the community talking. There are homeless people in Glace Bay, but most couch-surf or spend nights in shelters.

On Wednesday, someone gave Jones a tent.

Jones, 56, isn't sure where they'll go. They have 14 dogs, which is a key reason why they were kicked out of the apartment they shared for 11 years.

Jones doesn't want her pets to live in the cold so she has asked the SPCA to take 13 of them.

"I made a promise … that I would make sure all the pups would be fine," she said.

Besides noisy dogs, documents given to Jones show that she was one month behind in her rent.

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