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Twice convicted of animal neglect, P.E.I. woman faces fresh charge

A woman from Spring Valley, P.E.I., who was banned from owning animals in two other provinces, has been charged with animal cruelty on P.E.I.

Sandra Tomalin, 74, of Spring Valley charged with animal cruelty involving cat

Sandra Tomalin talked to CBC shortly after her horses were seized in 2010 in New Brunswick. (CBC)

A woman from Spring Valley, P.E.I., who was banned from owning animals in two other provinces, has been charged with animal cruelty in P.E.I.

Sandra Helen Tomalin, 74, is charged with willfully allowing unnecessary pain and suffering by failing to provide suitable care to a cat.

The cat was seized from Tomalin's property, along with a number of other cats and dogs, earlier this year.

38 horses seized in New Brunswick

Tomalin, along with her sister, Beverley, are under a 10-year ban in New Brunswick from owning any animals after being convicted in Sept. 2011 under provincial legislation and fined $1,800.

They were found guilty of mistreating horses after authorities seized 38 horses from their property in July 2010. Three of the horses had to be euthanized.

This is one of the 38 horses seized from the Tomalin farm in N.B. in 2010. (CBC)

The judge found the Tomalins had failed to provide adequate food, shelter and veterinary care.

100 dogs seized in Ontario

Prior to that, in 2009, in Ontario, the two sisters were charged after about 100 dogs were seized from their home in Meaford, Ont.

They were handed a lifetime ban in Ontario from owning or caring for any dogs after pleading guilty to failing to provide adequate care for the dogs in Apr. 2010.

Those two bans were covered by provincial legislation which are only enforceable within the province where the bans are imposed.

Photo of horses taken at the Tomalin farm in N.B. in 2010. (Court exhibit)

Latest charges under Criminal Code

In this latest case, a complaint about animals on Sandra Tomalin's property started an investigation by the P.E.I. Humane Society in June 2015. That investigation was turned over to the RCMP in May 2016.

This time she has been charged under the Criminal Code of Canada. If she's found guilty and if a ban is imposed, it will be enforceable across the country.

This close-up shows one of the horses seized from the Tomalin farm due to concerns of dehydration and malnourishment. (Court exhibit)

Tomalin's case is scheduled to be heard in a Summerside courtroom Dec. 15.

She has not yet had an opportunity to hear the allegations against her or respond to them.

CBC was unable to reach Tomalin for a comment on this story.

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Sally Pitt


Sally Pitt is a producer with CBC and has worked as a journalist for more than 30 years in online, TV, radio and print. She specializes in justice issues and also works with the CBC Atlantic Investigative Unit. You can reach her at