Assemblée Législative de la Nouvelle-Écosse

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21 septembre 2017

Projet de loi no 84

Animal Protection Act (amended)

An Act to Amend Chapter 33 of the Acts of 2008, the Animal Protection Act

Déposé par :
L'honorable John MacDonell
Minister of Agriculture

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Prise d'effet 15 décembre 2011
2011 Statutes, Chapter 50

Note explicative (en anglais seulement)

Clause 1 adds to the definition of an animal in distress.

Clause 2 clarifies the authority of inspectors appointed under the Act.

Clause 3 repeals a provision that is combined with another provision later in the Act.

Clause 4 moves the former Section 28 to place it with the other powers given to inspectors and peace officers.

Clauses 5 to 7 give a peace officer enforcing the Act the same authority as an inspector.

Clause 8 repeals a provision that is moved to the definition Section of the Act.

Clause 9
(a) moves the former Section 15A to place it with other provisions that concern taking animals into custody; and

(b) reduces the time periods in the former Section 15A.

Clauses 10 and 11 give a peace officer enforcing the Act the same authority as an inspector

Clause 12 (a) clarifies when the Minister has a role with respect to animals in critical distress; and

(b) allows a veterinarian, under a peace officer’s direction, to euthanize an animal in critical distress.

Clause 13

(a) clarifies the notice requirements when an animal is delivered or taken into custody;


(b) provides for a decision that an animal will not be returned to its owner;


(c) adds a review process for such a decision; and


(d) clarifies the costs payable by the owner of an animal in custody.


Clause 14 (a) makes housekeeping amendments; and


(b) repeals a subsection that is being moved to the next section of the Act.


Clause 15

(a) moves subsection 27(2) of the Act to the new Section 27A;


(b) provides greater clarity respecting animals in custody;


(c) permits recovery of the expenses payable under the Act in any court of competent jurisdiction and clarifies the priority of these expenses; and

(d) clarifies the disposition of any surplus funds.

Clause 16 repeals a provision that is moved to earlier in the Act.


Clause 17 clarifies the powers of a judge who is making an order concerning an animal already in custody.

Clause 18 allows a farm animal to be sold while judicial review with respect to the taking into custody of the animal is ongoing, with the proceeds of the sale being held in trust pending the outcome of the review. This Clause also provides for the disposition of the proceeds after the review and makes a housekeeping change.

Clauses 19 to 21 make housekeeping changes.

Clause 22 gives a judge who convicts a person of an offence under the Act or regulations the option of ordering conditions.

Clause 23 makes a consequential amendment to the Small Claims Court Act.