Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Joseph Jansen White, 41 dog beaten, severely injured

Colwood, British Columbia, Canada

April 1, 2014  
Elizabeth Sandee Johnston, 32 dog beaten, severely injured

Colwood, British Columbia Canada

April 1, 2014  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse
    1 dog Alleged 6/25/14   Western Communities Courthouse

Charges of animal cruelty have been laid against a Colwood couple following a BC SPCA investigation into a brutal attack on the family’s dog. Joseph Jansen White, 41 and Elizabeth Sandee Johnston, 32 have been charged under the Criminal Code of Canada after their dog Bryn sustained severe injuries consistent with blunt force trauma.

White is charged with causing unnecessary pain and suffering to an animal, and failing to provide necessities of life for an animal. His common-law spouse, Johnston is charged with failing to provide necessities of life for an animal.

“When she came into our care Bryn had extensive injuries to her head, torso, legs and teeth. Her skin was split open on the top of her head and she had bruising around the right side of that injury, as well as a swelling and broken front leg, lacerations under her left armpit and abrasions on her front right leg,” says BC SPCA Constable Erika Paul.

“Originally, they phoned Victoria Animal Control looking for someone to come and pick up their dog,” Paul said.  “They provided some details to animal control and animal control promptly contacted us. We followed up and later that evening, [White] surrendered her to us.”

Paul said the case differs from others in that the owners of the injured dog reached out for help.

It’s alleged that a young, brindle-colored, mixed-breed dog was struck repeatedly with a weapon, consistent with blunt-force trauma, Paul said. Bryn is believed to be between three and four years old.

“Bryn also had significant bruising to the right side of her torso, a broken canine tooth and was experiencing neurological deficits that impacted her back legs, making it hard for her to stand or move around.” Medical care was not sought for the dog until the BC SPCA became aware of the case. The SPCA immediately rushed Bryn for emergency treatment and launched a formal investigation into the beating.

“She’s such a gentle and sweet girl, and quickly became a favorite with staff and volunteers,” says Annie Prittie Bell, manager of the Victoria SPCA Branch. “She’s a lovely dog and so eager to please.” Bryn is currently recovering in an SPCA foster home and will be put up for adoption as soon as she is well enough.

White and Johnston will make their first court appearance at the Western Communities Courthouse on June 26 at 9 a.m.
     Photo's courtesy of the SPCA   The dog, Bryn, suffered a number of injuries, including bruising on her torso and a broken tooth as well as brain injuries. She had a broken leg, a gash to an armpit and a head wound.  The dog is healing from many of her injuries and one of two dental surgeries.  Once the dog has healed, she will be available for adoption.


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