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Gail Benoit pleads guilty to selling kittens without a veterinary certificate

The notorious animal broker will be sentenced in January on one charge under the province's Animal Protection Act.

A notorious animal broker will be sentenced in January on her latest conviction.

Gail Ruth Benoit, 47, of Cole Harbour pleaded guilty Friday in Dartmouth provincial court to an Animal Protection Act charge of selling kittens without a health certificate from a veterinarian.

Judge Flora Buchan ordered a presentence report at the request of defence lawyer Sarah White.

The offence was committed last March, when Benoit used Kijiji to sell two kittens to a man in Dartmouth.

This is Benoit’s second conviction under the Animal Protection Act, so it carries a maximum penalty of a $50,000 fine and six months in jail.

Crown attorney Janine Kidd said the Crown will also seek a lengthy ban on having animals.

In 2009, Benoit was convicted of animal cruelty for selling puppies that were in poor health. In 2014, she was placed on probation for 15 months for selling two dogs she stole from a New Brunswick woman.

Both sentences included prohibitions on buying or selling animals, but those bans expired.

Two other charges from the March incident will be withdrawn after Benoit is sentenced on the single count.


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