The Crown in Newfoundland and Labrador has appealed Robert Picco's animal cruelty verdict from March 2021 for the second time. Picco was acquitted of eight charges of animal cruelty under the Criminal Code against four beagles, after the judge determined that he had not wilfully caused harm to the dogs. The first dismissal of the appeal happened in May 2022. This time the case revolves around whether Picco was reckless (and not just careless) in his care of the dogs, who were found severely malnourished. A ruling is expected at a later date.