Nova Scotia woman charged with injuring puppies by docking their tails

(CP) - A Nova Scotia woman has been charged for allegedly docking the tails of puppies, a practice banned in the province.

The Nova Scotia SPCA says 35-year-old Candice Burneau of St. Margaret's Bay allegedly placed rubber bands on the puppies' tails -- a procedure that causes the tails to eventually fall off.

The practice was banned in 2010, and veterinarians are not allowed to dock tails for cosmetic reasons.

SPCA chief inspector Jo-Anne Landsburg said docking can be done by snipping a dog's tail with scissors, or by cutting the blood supply with a band.

Burneau has been charged with wilfully causing unnecessary suffering or injury to the puppies on Dec. 29.

She is due in Halifax provincial court on March 8.