Allegations of hurting seagulls have landed a pair of inmates at the Springhill federal prison back in court.

Terrance Dixon, 19, and Gary Leigh Sloan, 27, have each been charged with causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal or bird under the Criminal Code of Canada, and hunting a migratory bird without a permit under the migratory birds regulations.

It’s not clear from the charges what the inmates are alleged to have done to the birds.


Springhill Institution’s media liaison, Shannon Oickle, said the incidents transpired within the medium security facility, and the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources was called.

“We don’t tolerate anything like that, harming animals,” Oickle said, not adding any other information.

The investigation was turned over to the federal Department of Environment.

Dixon and Sloan appeared in provincial court in Amherst yesterday morning to enter pleas to the charges, but both cases were adjourned.

The incidents are alleged to have occurred Oct. 5, 2008.

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