More animals abandoned this moving day
It happens every year on Moving Day, and this year is no different.
People moving from one place to another have abandoned their pets either leaving them outside to fend for themselves or in some cases inside the home they're leaving for the next tenant or owner to find.
The SPCA's Alanna Devine says someone who does that could face criminal charges. She says abandoning an animal in distress, without food or water in an apartment or outside without food, water or shelter is actionable under the criminal code.
"Certainly in those cases," she says, " we do try to retrace the former owners or tenants of the property and find them and do whatever we can with respect to the criminal code."
Devine says the law is difficult to enforce because they have to prove criminal intent, which she says is complicated in any case involving neglect.
Alanna Devine says there's been about a 15 per cent increase in the number of animals being taken to the SPCA this year.