Gail Benoit was sentenced January 27, 2017 for failing to supply a health certificate when she sold 2 kittens in 2016 to someone who had never heard about her - she was sentenced to one year of probation and she's prohibited from possessing or having the care of any animals for the next 5 years except for the 3 personal dogs that she currently owns.
Until January 2022 - she cannot sell cats or dogs - if you come into contact with Gail Benoit - please contact the NS SPCA at
1-888-703-7722 and register a complaint immediately.
As of the end of November, 2015 - Gail Benoit has been pretty quiet. We don't know if it's because she's gotten out of the business of brokering puppies - it's hard to believe this is true, because under oath at one of her trials she said under oath "I sell puppies, I always have and I always will" - so I cannot believe that this is still not her career.
Maybe now she's learned the husbandry behind keeping puppies healthy and she's now selling a healthy product - and maybe that's not too bad - I don't know - but I think we still need a buyer beware about these kinds of businesses - so that' why this website still exists almost 10 years after I began it - so that when someone googles her name - a website comes up so that people can educate themselves on whether purchasing a puppy through a venue like this is a good idea.
When you are looking for a puppy you should do lots of research, decide what breed is the right one for you - what's your lifestyle is like - are you going to give him exercise everyday? Do you have a fenced back yard?How much can you afford for dog food if he turns out to have allergies? Maybe you want to look into buying a rescue dog where he'll already come with all his needles and be spayed or neutered and you won't have to worry about having all that done.
If you choose to go with the purebred dog - make sure that you get to meet both parents, that you don't buy them before they're eight weeks old, and that the breeder gives you a contract with a lifetime guarantee - if at any time in the dogs life you can't keep him - he doesn't go anywhere but back to the breeder - you don't have to worry about having to find him a home - that gives the breeder no worries that their babies don't go anywhere and gives you peace of mind - a lot of rescues also offer that guarantee - which shows you that it's also a responsible rescue.
So saying all that dog brokers offer none of that - a lifetime guarantee, a dog who has already been spayed or neutered - or a dog that's had any immunizations - all they want is your money - they're just glad that the puppyhas stay alive long enough for them to get in your car - and that's not the kind of puppy you want - you are signing yourself up for a lifetime of vet bills, poor genetics and probably behavioural problems because they've been treated so poorly in their short life.
So read below the history of one dog broker in Nova Scotia - and know that they are not the way to go when you are looking into getting the next canine companion that hopefully will share your bed for the next 15 - 20 years.
NOTE - If you have arrived here because you have bought a puppy from who you believe may be the Benoits and it is currently sick and or dying - it's probably because it has a virus called parvo.
Your puppy does NOT have to die!!! You need to IMMEDIATELY start treating your puppy!! You need to get to a vet immediately - but while you are on your way to vet, there are internet sites you can go to where you can find information - "homemade parvo treatment", read about how another dog lived through parvo, and read about the veterinary illness and treatment from a vets perspective.\
Note: All the photos of puppies and dogs on this page are of puppies that have died after having been sold to unsuspecting people by Dana Bailey and Gail Benoit
For up to date stories of the Benoit's - look below at the listings of blog posts -
In 2013 - Gail Benoit was accused of stealing 2 boxer dogs that she had agreed to board for a lady named Cassie Craft - she later sold them to separate people and was charged for theft - and convicted of that crime in June 2013 - she was sentenced to 15 months probation, fined $300 and prohibited from owning, or selling animals for 15 months - here is an article from the Chronicle Herald - and a news piece from CTV News
On December 13th, 2010 - charges of animal cruelty against Dana Bailey and Gail Benoit - stemming from puppies that they sold in the summer of 2008 to several people from puppies that they bought from a puppy mill in New Brunswick called "Chapman Kennels" - were dropped - citing "lack of evidence" by the crown attorney's office.
The puppies that they sold to the public did in fact die of parvo after they sold them - but the question is - where did the parvo come from - and who's fault is the puppies' death?
It seems we learned today that selling dogs to the public with parvo is not in fact animal cruelty - it is just really poor business practice - or as the crown attorney Rosalind Michie said to CTV news - it was a "point of sale issue".
So as with any purchase - if you are going to buy a puppy in a parking lot or out of the back of a car - BUYER BEWARE - you may be buying a puppy with a disease that it is going to die from within the next several hours or couple of days - and like the people who bought the puppies from Dana Bailey and Gail Benoit in the summer of 2008 - your puppy may die - and you may not even get your money refunded to you.
Take this as a caution. Read below of other factual news stories that have been written in the last 10 years that are in the public domain about this subject, and make the decisions you need to make for yourself when purchasing your next canine life companion - whether you choose to go the route of responsible breeder, rescue, or parking lot purchase.
This website is for educational purposes only.
a blog post that was written after the event.
On April 19th, 2010 - CTV News did a news story on Gail Benoit - 2 people had come forward claiming they had bought puppies from her - that had become ill, were not the breed that Gail had claimed they were (husky puppies), and were younger than Gail had said they were. When asked to comment - Dana Bailey said they were healthy when they sold the puppies, that they were licenced to sell puppies in Nova Scotia - and that they would continue to sell puppies.
You can see the news video at - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OckyZnzgYAQ
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA ALERT SPCA warns public to be cautious about puppy brokers Nova Scotia
(April 19, 2010) – The SPCA has been busy over the last several weeks attending to complaints and concerns regarding puppies sold to unsuspecting owners who learn after the fact that they have acquired an animal that is sick, has not been screened or tested for illness or disease, or received any vaccinations. In some cases, the animals are less than 6-8 weeks old.
The SPCA is appealing to the public to both report cases that involve suspected activity whereby an animal may be in distress or a transaction appears questionable. Puppy brokers often set up in parking lots, market places or will even use on-line classifieds. The SPCA further reminds the public to always ask for vaccination records, health history, breeding history and registration information.
Reputable breeders will often want you to meet the potential owner in person and will always furnish a prospective buyer with background and health information and will welcome you to their home or breeding facility. To report about questionable puppy broker activities or animal cruelty call 1-888-703-7722.
As well - in a post from October, 2009 - a blog published all the interesting bits from the court transcripts from Gail Benoit's trial in October and November, 2008 - it's a must read post - you can check it out at http://digbypuppykillers.blogspot.com/2009/10/between-her-cite-as-r-v-bailey-2009.html It has been reported that Gail Benoit and her husband continue to sell puppies on the internet while she waits to go to trial in 2010 - so buyer beware on the internet when you are looking for your next companion animal.
Always ask to see the parents of the puppy that you are buying, check that you are dealing with a responsible breeder, when given the opportunity - or if you feel inclined - seek out a responsible rescue - and save a life rather than buying a puppy. That way you are saving 2 lives - the dog you buy, and the dog who will come in shortly to fill the cage you have just made vacant. If you choose to buy a puppy or dog in a parking lot - document as much as you can - when you call the NS SPCA to complain - they'll need all the evidence you can provide to them.
These charges were from puppies seized from the Benoit's in October 2007 that were malnourished and infested with parasites. There are still more charges pending against the couple - more charges have been laid against the couple that stem from puppies that died in the summer of 2008 - those charges will be heard next in court on February 16, 2009.
An article on April 9, 2009 is available on Nova News Now at "Gail Benoit Gets Jail Time for Assault in 2007" Dog from puppy mill where Gail Benoit gets her dogs
However that conviction was overturned on a technicality and they've been able to continue to operate until thhe winter of 2009 - when they are back in the news again - they are currently once again charged with animal cruelty charges and were due back in court at the end of January 2009 to hear the results of their trial on animal cruelty - meanwhile they are continuing to sell pain and suffering to an unsuspecting public.
Those charges in 2007 and 2008 related to some puppies in their possession that had bloated bellies - and while the SPCA were onsite doing a wellness check - Ms Benoit chose to assault one of the SPCA officers - leading to an additional charge of assault - for that charge Ms. Benoit did actually eventually go to jail for 30 days.
The Benoit's went back to court October 23, and 24th 2008 and then November 3rd and 4th 2008 to finish their trial from charges filed for puppies they had seized from them October 2007. The Digby Courier published a story on November 4th about them, and CTV news did a story on them on November 4th as well. As well - there were people in the court room watching testimony - and some of what Gail Benoit and Dana Bailey said was pretty funny
CTV news also covered that protest and a news story was generated from that. And outside the court on November 4th, 2008 - Ms. Benoit was doing a bit of performing - so because of that it gave the opportunity to make a short video that is called the "Benoit rap" video. Please enjoy it for a moment...
The Benoit's were in the news in late September 2008 - just in time before their trial begins in October 2008 - they were in the news about selling a puppy who died of Parvo - the story was on CTV news - and you can see it taped on You Tube - here - when will this stop and the NS SPCA will finally act to have this couple and Puppies R Us shut down? Who knows......
That is not a good way to purchase a living thing that's supposed to be sharing your bed for the next 15-18 years. You should then contact the contact the Nova Scotia SPCA - and document the illness. Number one - get the puppy proper veterinary care! And THEN contact the NS SPCA by calling 1-888-703-7722
My blog posts where I talk about Gail Benoit and Dana Bailey:
October 31, 07 - Province's Most Notorious Puppy Seller/Broker/Stealer is Arrested
December 11, 07 - Gail Benoit, Puppy Miller - In Court Today
February 19, 08 - Gail Benoit's Lawyer in the News Today
July 23, 08 - Gail Benoit was on the News Tonight
July 24, 08 - Gail Benoit was on the news for a 2nd night - more dead dogs
July 25, 08 - What Gail Benoit's advertisements Look Like
July 26, 08 - Gail Benoit and Dana Bailey Speak Out
July 26, 08 - Gail Benoit's Puppy Miller Speaks Out
July 27, 08 - Kijiji selling animals July
July 28, 08 - Chapman Kennels vs Gail Benoit and Dana Bailey
August 4, 08 - New Gail Benoit Article
August 9, 08 - Another article about Gail Benoit - Rick Howe
August 14, 08 - Parvo killed the puppies Gail Benoit Sold
September 18, 08 - Gail Benoit sells another dead puppy - a german shepherd puppy in Halifax October 12, 08 - Benoit's lose case against Chapman's Kennel in New Brunswick
November 4, 08 - Gail Benoit's Cruelty Trial Wraps Up Today
November 5, 08 - Gail Benoit Claims Set up in Cruelty Case
November 5, 08 - Gail Benoit Rap
November 11, 08 - Gail Benoit has been writing on Kijiji
November 13, 08 - Dedicated Benoit Watchers give some Advice
December 20, 08 - New Gail Benoit Video
January 5, 09 - More info on the Benoit Charges
January 13, 09 - New Gail benoit Video about a dead dog
January 20, 2009 - Not Masters of their domain
January 16, 09 - 2 new Benoit videos uploaded to You Tube
January 23, 09 - The Benoits and their foils have been busy this week
January 29, 09 - Gail Benoit and Dana Bailey found guilty on all charges
January 30, 09 - Puppy Sellers Convicted of Animal Cruelty
January 31, 09 - Crown Attorney Ponders Bailey Benoit Sentence
April 9, 2009 - Gail Benoit Gets Jail Time
April 10th, 2009 - Gail Benoit Faints at the Prospect of Going to Jail
March 10, 2010 - Puppy Abusers, (Gail Benoit and Dana Bailey) Lose Appeal
April 21, 2010 - Buying Puppies in Nova Scotia, the WRONG Way
May 15, 2010 - Today's Protest for Convicted Animal Abusers
September 20, 2010 - Benoit Love Shack for Sale
December 13, 2010 - Charges against Dana Bailey and Gail Benoit Dismissed Saturday
November 19, 2011 - The Benoit's Lose their Appeal in their 2007 Puppy Selling Case
Thursday January 3, 2013 - Gail Benoit Gets Caught Conning Woman out of a Litter of Puppies
Monday March 21, 2016 - Gail Benoit is back in business - but it's no Kijiji's fault
January 29, 2017 - One last post about Gail Benoit
Courts of Nova Scotia" website and search for court cases under "Benoit" you come up with some interesting results - one of which is from 2011 when the Benoit's appealed their conviction for animal abuse - their appeal was denied - but it details the conditions that the puppies in their care were found in - the puppies that are waiting to be sold by them. It says - "that...puppies were without food or water, were in a cardboard box and covered with urine and feces, and had distended bellies with splayed legs and their backbones were showing.....the puppies were emaciated with rib cage, backbone and hip bones evident, and had bloated bellies. A fecal examination showed infestation with round worms, giardia and coccidia. Giardia is a parasite that causes extreme diarrhea and abdominal cramping.
The puppies had a significant worm load, their abdomens so distended they could barely stand. Yet they were thin with little muscle mass, because the parasites intercepted the nutrition." That is how the puppies in the Benoit`s care have been found to be treated by them. So it`s no wonder that there is such a high mortality rate.
There is quite a bit of You Tube Video available now on Gail -
Gail Benoit`s Voice Mails
Global News talks about a sick dog sold by Gail Benoit - January 16, 2009
Gail Benoit sells another dead dog - January 13, 2009
New Charges filed - January 5, 2009
Gail Benoit Rap - November 5, 08
News Report November 4, 08 - wrap up of trial
Gail Benoit Protest Coverage - October 11, 2008
Gail Benoit Protest Footage!! - October 11, 2008
News Report September 18, 08 - dead puppy sold
Plea to a puppy mill broker - August 18, 08
Chapman Kennels Speak out against Gail Benoit - July 26, 08
Gail Benoit Speaks! - July 26, 2008
Gail Benoit sells 6 more puppies that die - July 24, 08
Gail Benoit doesn't want to talk to the media in November 2007
Gail Benoit in trial December 2007 - October 2007
January 2013 - Gail Benoit is accused of stealing 2 boxer dogs from owner in New Brunswick - CTV News
If you want to see what their postings on Kijiji look like - here are a couple
- on November 8, 2008 there is a posting on Kijiji Fredericton -
a pdf of it is at http://dogkisser.ca/benoit_kijiji_fredericton_nov8_2008.pdf - this posting was made AFTER her cruelty trial wrapped up!!
a posting from Kijiji Halifax - they're advertising chihuahuas as "show quality" - and their mommy and daddy are "great little doggies"
- $900.00 a posting from Kijiji Moncton - toy "Pom" puppies - look like little foxes! Isn't that cute!
- $600.00 a posting from Kijiji St. John's (Newfoundland) - little mini "weiner dog" - $800.00
Do you wonder why the Benoit's conviction in 2002 - when they were convicted of animal cruelty and banned from owning animals - was overturned on appeal? That decision is actually online and you can read it. It's at canlii.org and you can download the pdf of the decision as well. It's very good reading - especially for their upcoming court appearance - because it really shows what the NS SPCA needs to do in order to get them convicted this time - and for the conviction this time TO STICK. Dana Bailey
Some interesting things we've learned in the last few weeks by reading newspaper articles and hearing first hand accounts of people who have bought puppies from the Benoit's they use photocopied vaccination papers from vets offices to try and make the puppies they're selling look like they're healthy puppies they're selling (see post here)
They will use every kijiji city to post their ads. We've found kijiji postings with their phone numbers in Halifax, St. Johns (Newfoundland), and Moncton they will lower the price for the puppies once they realize that the buyer knows the puppy is sick they think they have no culpability in the death of the puppies because they're only "buying and selling" the puppies - not breeding them - they don't take into consideration the fact that they're supposed to be keeping them healthy while they're preparing to sell them it took her approximately 2 weeks between when her story first hit the news and when it died down before she started selling puppies again.
Here are the newspaper articles from previous years - you need adobe acrobat to read some of them:
January 2017 - Gail Benoit sentenced for selling kittens without health certificates
November 2016 - Gail Benoit to be sentenced on latest charges in January 2017 for selling kittens without a health certificate
March 2016 - Animal Abuser Gail Benoit selling pets online again warns Kijiji
March 2016 - NS Man unwitting customer of animal cruelty offender Gail Benoit
June 2014 - Gail Benoit gets 15 months probation for stealing dogs
August 2013 - Infamous puppy seller fails adult diversion program
August 2013 - Vulnerable Aunt loses money in cautionary tale
July 2013 - Banned puppy seller to spend another night in jail
July 2013 - Pet seller barred from owning or selling dogs
April 2013 - Nova Scotia pet seller thwarts Kijiji ban
March 2013 - Gail Benoit asks court to lift ban on selling dogs
February 2013 - Woman claims Gail Benoit tried to take her puppies
January 2013 - Woman claims pet sitter sold her pets without her permission
From January 30, 2009 -- Puppy sellers convicted of animal cruelty
From January 29, 2009 - Nova Scotia couple guilty in animal cruelty case
From January 29, 2009 - Benoit, Bailey guilty of cruelty, assault
From January 29, 2009 - puppy brokers found guilty of animal cruelty
From January 20, 2009 - No longer "Master of their domains"
From November 6, 2008 - Digby Courier article about trial wrapping up November 5, 2008
From August 11, 2006 - Dog Virus Outbreak in Halifax, Annapolis County
From July 26, 2008 - Woman under investigation for selling dying puppies
"PuppiesRDead" - news article from Digby, Nova Scotia newspaper - you've GOT TO love the title!
From 2003 - "Pet Buyers beware: Know your sellers - dogs bought in recent weeks sick, flea ridden, sick, woman says" - about a woman in the "Digby area" selling sick dogs - from 2003!
From 2002 - "Digby County Dog Abuser kicks up fuss at Courthouse; Couple must pay $2300 in vet bills, fines, banned from owning animals"
From 2003 - "Animal Cruelty Charges Dismissed"
From 2001 - "Dogs were cold, wet, hungry vet testifies"
From 2007 - "SPCA on lookout after Puppy Seizure"