|Who, age||What||Where||When||Last Known Address|
Chase, British Columbia
|April 21, 2014|
|Type of Crime||Other Crimes||#/Type of animal(s) involved||Case Status||Next Court Date /Courthouse|
|1 German shepherd pup||Open||
On the eve of B.C.’s Animal Abuse Prevention Day, the SPCA is looking for the people responsible for cruelty against a puppy.
The agency is hoping the public can help solve an animal cruelty case. The animal welfare agency says at least one person repeatedly shot a puppy with a pellet gun. The 4-month-old German shepherd pup was found suffering multiple wounds in a B.C. provincial park near Niskonlith Lake, close to Chase.
Senior animal protection officer Kathy Woodward said the animal was discovered cowering under a bush by people out walking their dog. “They took him to a veterinary clinic in Salmon Arm, where the pellets were removed.”
The pellets were removed at a veterinary clinic near Salmon Arm, but Woodward said the animal could have been killed. One of the pellets that was surgically removed was only one millimeter from puppy’s aorta. The puppy is expected to recover and one of the clinic staff plans to adopt the dog. The veterinarian who treated it is paying for its full medical costs.
Photos courtesy of the BC SPCA
No suspects have been identified.
The SPCA is looking for information that will lead to charges. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-855-622-7722. “It is important that people understand that animal cruelty is not acceptable and those who inflict pain and suffering on animals will be brought to justice,” Senior animal protection officer Kathy Woodward said (BC SPCA)
April 23rd marks Animal Abuse Prevention Day in B.C., and the BC SPCA is asking British Columbians to take action by signing a pledge and reporting animals in distress. The agency asks for pet owners to commit to being responsible animal guardians and to choose SPCA-certified food products, produced without cruelty to animals. The annual observance was started in 2011 as a memorial to the 56 sled dogs that were slaughtered in Whistler.
The SPCA investigates nearly 8,000 complaints of animal neglect and abuse annually and relies heavily on donations from the public.
The BC SPCA is asking anyone with information about the incident to please contact the BC SPCA animal cruelty hotline at 1-855-622-7722.
|CTV Vancouver||BC SPCA|