Owners of abandoned dog enter guilty pleas - Mar. 06, 2013
A Saint John couple accused of leaving a dog in a cage in a Musquash gravel pit last summer has pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to provide suitable and adequate food, water, shelter and care for an animal.
Natasha Dunbar, 35, and Gregory Dunbar, 31, appeared before Provincial Court Judge David C. Walker in St. Stephen this morning.
They were each fined $500 plus a $75 victim surcharge.
The charges stem from an incident last July 14 when people travelling to a camp in Musquash spotted a tri-coloured American Staffordshire terrier locked in a steel cage in the Talbot gravel pit. The dog had no food or water, and the steel cage provided no reprieve from the sun on a day where temperatures reached 30 degrees.
The couple told Walker the dog had a long history of attacking family members - including an attack on their six-month-old grand-daughter July 13, the day they left the dog in the pit.
The dog was taken by the New Brunswick SPCA to the Animal Rescue League shelter in Saint John and was euthanized because of its aggressive nature.
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