Woman pleads guilty in precedent-setting tail docking case

The Nova Scotia SPCA says a 35-year-old woman has pleaded guilty in a case that sets a precedent for tail docking cases in the province.

The SPCA says Candace Burneau of St. Margaret's Bay pleaded guilty last week to permitting an animal to be in distress and was given a year to pay a fine of $400 after an investigation found she'd hired someone to dock tails on a litter of puppies.

Jo-Anne Landsburg, the agency's chief provincial inspector, says in a news release that the conviction sends a clear message that owners as well as those performing the practice can be held responsible for tail docking.

Tail docking has been banned in the province since 2010 as it's seen as purely a cosmetic procedure.