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BC SPCA recommends charges in Captain cruelty case

 July 27, 2012

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July 27, 2012: Update

The BC SPCA has recommended charges to crown counsel in the case of Captain, a two-year-old German shepherd rescued from a dumpster in Vancouver that subsequently died on July 19. The recommendation is that the person responsible for Captain’s injuries be charged with causing unnecessary suffering pursuant to section 445.1(1)(a) of the criminal code and if convicted, a person could face up to a maximum of five years in prison and/or a lifetime ban on owning animals. At this time, the BC SPCA is not able to name the person we have recommended charges against as we are still awaiting crown’s approval. Once charges have been accepted, we will be able to provide more details as to who has been charged in this case.

 

July 23, 2012: Thank you to animal lovers for giving generously!

The BC SPCA is grateful to the thousands of generous animal lovers who have given to fight animal cruelty and seek justice for Captain, a two-year-old German shepherd rescued from a dumpster in Vancouver that subsequently died on July 19. “The outpouring of support has been remarkable and inspiring,” says Rosemary Conder, chief development officer. “Captain’s passing has saddened us all and these donations will ensure Captain’s death is not in vain. This support will help us conduct this investigation of cruelty and help other animals like Captain.”

Radio personalities Nat & Drew of Virgin Radio’s Breakfast with Nat & Drew 95.3 helped ignite the community’s response through on air fundraising and setting up their own online fundraising page. They have raised more than $61,000 at the time of this posting. “We are thrilled by what they have done to help animals in need and to create awareness about animal cruelty.”

The BC SPCA’s Cruelty Investigations Department (CID) works under the authority of the provincial Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act to respond to thousands of complaints of animal cruelty and neglect each year. Last year alone, there were more than 7,000.  Our Special Provincial Constables work in communities across the province. When needed, they seize and rescue animals from horrific conditions. Staffed by professional officers, the CID team is committed to prosecuting abusers ensuring they are brought to justice.

Currently the BC SPCA does not receive any government funding and is reliant on community support. Donations to the BC SPCA’s cruelty investigations department can be made online or by calling 604-681-7271 or toll-free at 1-800-665-1868.


July 19, 2012: German shepherd rescued from dumpster has died

A two-year-old German shepherd rescued from a dumpster in the 1400 block of Maple Street in Vancouver yesterday went into cardiac arrest around 6 p.m. this evening (July 19) and has died. Medical staff performed life-saving measures for more than 30 minutes but were unable to revive the dog.

“This is a tragic end to a heartbreaking case,” said Marcie Moriarty. “The dog has been in critical condition since we rescued him but we were hoping for a miracle that just didn’t come.” She said in addition to the substantial lacerations and bruising that had been inflicted on the dog, tests carried out today revealed that he was also suffering neurological damage and was likely quadriplegic. “We did everything in our power to save him, but his injuries were just too serious,” says Moriarty, noting that the SPCA will now move the cruelty investigation into a forensic phase to collect evidence relating to the dog’s injuries. BC SPCA constables have been actively pursuing the case since yesterday and have identified the owner of the animal.

“We are so grateful for the outpouring of love and the offers of help we have received for this poor dog and for the support we receive for the thousands of other animals who suffer abuse and violence,” says Moriarty. Donations to the BC SPCA’s cruelty investigations department can be made online or by calling 604-681-7271. 

Photo caption: (above) german shepherd receiving medical treatment at critical care hospital




Original story
July 18, 2012: Injured German shepherd rescued from dumpster in Vancouver

BC SPCA constables responded to an emergency call at 11:40 a.m. today (July 18) from a couple who had found a badly injured dog in a dumpster in the 1400 block of Maple Street in Vancouver. The male German shepherd, approximately two years old, was wrapped in a bloody blanket inside the dumpster and was conscious but not very responsive.

BC SPCA constables removed the dog from the dumpster and rushed him to a critical care hospital for immediate medical treatment. “The dog has sustained very serious lacerations and bruising to his face and neck,” says Marcie Moriarty, general manger of cruelty investigations for the BC SPCA. “It appears the injuries were sustained within the past 24 hours.” She notes that the dog is also underweight. While the injuries are extremely serious the SPCA is hopeful the dog can be saved.

“We have identified the owner and are working, with the assistance of the Vancouver Police, to determine how the dog sustained the injuries and who is responsible,” says Moriarty. “It is too early in the investigation to draw conclusions but we expect to have more details very shortly.”

Photo caption: (above) badly injured dog found wrapped in bloody blanket

Photo caption: (above) BC SPCA removed the dog from the dumpster

Photo caption: (above) german shepherd receiving medical treatment at critical care hospital

The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization funded primarily by public donations. Our mission is to prevent cruelty and to promote the welfare of animals through a wide range of services, including cruelty investigations, emergency rescue and treatment, sheltering and adoption of homeless and abused animals, humane education, advocacy, farm animal welfare, spay/neuter programs, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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