A woman was fined in Yarmouth Provincial Court last week on a charge related to animal cruelty.
Sunday Wallace was fined $500 for failing to provide an animal with adequate medical attention when the animal was wounded or ill.
In a release today, the SPCA says an officer went to a property in Yarmouth occupied by Wallace this past November to investigate a complaint of a dog in the residence in extremely poor condition.
They found a dog that was suffering from a severe skin infection that needed immediate medical care.
Chief Inspector Jo-Anne Landsburg says Wallace turned the dog over to the SPCA.
"We took it to a veterinarian. Our vet determined that the illness had progressed so far, that the most humane thing to do at that point in time would be to euthanize the dog."
Landsburg says this is a sad, unfortunate and preventable case that should have never happened.
"The dog had to be put down. It was very serious. I certainly would have liked to have seen a prohibition as a result, but the court didn't see that fit. There's nothing the SPCA can do about the sentencing."
Landsburg says she realizes not everyone can afford veterinary care, but this doesn't take away our responsibility to properly care for our pets.