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P.E.I. woman found guilty of animal cruelty, banned from owning animals for 5 years

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Sandra Helen Tomalin, 75, has been found guilty of animal cruelty in connection to one of the cats seized from her Spring Valley, P.E.I., property in January 2016.

The judge has banned her from owning any animals for five years and she'll be on probation for two years. She was also ordered to pay a $100 fine within two years. 

The cat, Rufus, was one of 11 cats and two dogs seized by animal control officers. The officers began visiting Tomalin's property in June 2015 due to concerns over the animals.

During Tomalin's trial last month, animal control officers described finding a "filthy" home with floors, counters and furniture covered with large amounts of urine, feces, blood or diarrhea.

A veterinarian at the trial described Rufus' as emaciated, dirty, with a suspected respiratory infection and a parasitic infection. The vet said the cat had to be euthanized to end his suffering.

Tomalin had already been banned from owning animals in Ontario and New Brunswick due to failing to provide for animals there.


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