Gail Benoit to challenge condition that prohibits her from selling dogs.
A well-known puppy broker previously convicted of animal cruelty was back in court today, and she wasn’t happy to see the media.
Gail Benoit appeared in Bridgewater provincial court to challenge a condition that prohibits her from selling dogs.
Earlier this month, Benoit was charged with fraud, theft under $5,000 and identity fraud after she allegedly sold two dogs she didn’t own.
Saint Johndog owner Cassie Craft told CTV News in January that a Nova Scotia woman had agreed to care for her two boxers while she attended school.
Craft says she last saw her pets when she dropped them off at a home in Waverley, N.S.
When the woman with whom she entrusted the dogs cut off all communications, Craft went online, fearing they had been sold.
Her concerns grew when a Google search revealed she had boarded her dogs with Gail Benoit, a woman convicted of animal cruelty.
Police say the people who allegedly purchased the dogs from Benoit didn’t know they were stolen. The dogs, Diamond and Bentley,` were then turned over to the police and reunited with Craft.
Benoit was convicted of animal cruelty in 2009 and also convicted of assaulting an SPCA officer.
Today, Benoit told the court selling dogs is her livelihood.
A follow-up hearing has been scheduled for April 4.