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Merritt-area man sentenced for dragging dog behind truck

 April 1, 2011

April 1, 2011 update

A Merritt-area man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to tying his golden Lab cross dog to his truck and dragging her behind the vehicle. Bobby Elliott was charged with animal cruelty under both the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Criminal Code following a BC SPCA investigation last summer.

“On June 17, a local rescue group, Angel’s Animal Rescue, responded to a call about an injured dog,” said Marcie Moriarty, general manager of cruelty investigations for the BC SPCA. 

“When one of their representatives arrived at the address they found a seriously injured golden Lab cross.”  The female dog, named April Rain, had been tied to her owner’s truck as he drove in order to provide her with exercise. 

“The poor dog was dragged behind the vehicle, sustaining a number of painful injuries, including deep lacerations and bruising all over her body,” said Moriarty. Following the incident Elliott tethered April in his carport and did not seek veterinary treatment for her, despite her extensive injuries.

"It is heartbreaking to think of the pain that April was in.  It is inconceivable that anyone could consider this an appropriate method of exercising a pet or would not take steps to alleviate her suffering,” said Moriarty.  “Thankfully Angel’s Animal Rescue convinced Elliott to surrender the dog so that she could get immediate veterinary treatment and the RCMP and the BC SPCA worked together to present a file to Crown counsel asking for cruelty charges.

Elliott was given a 90-day conditional sentence, with the first 30 days on house arrest, was ordered to pay $2,100 in restitution to Angel’s Animal Rescue and is banned from owning animals for five years. April Rain has fully recovered and since been adopted into a loving family through Angel’s Animal Rescue.

The BC SPCA conducts more than 7,000 cruelty investigations a year. Your gift can help our officers investigate reports of cruelty, rescue injured and neglected animals, and bring abusers to justice. Please donate today.

 

August 10, 2010

Warning: Graphic photo below. Discretion is advised.  

A Merritt-area man is facing animal cruelty charges under both the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Criminal Code after allegedly tying his golden Lab cross dog to his truck and dragging the animal behind the vehicle.

Bobby Elliott was formally charged with animal cruelty on July 30 following a BC SPCA investigation.  "On June 17, a local rescue group, Angel's Animal Rescue, responded to a call about an injured dog," said Shawn Eccles, chief animal protection officer for the BC SPCA.  "When one of their representatives arrived at the address they found a seriously injured golden Lab cross." 

The female dog, named April Rain, had allegedly been tied to her owner's truck as he drove in order to provide her with exercise.  "The poor dog was dragged behind the vehicle, sustaining a number of painful injuries, including deep lacerations and bruising all over her body," said Eccles.  Following the incident Elliott allegedly tethered April in his carport and did not seek veterinary treatment for her, despite her extensive injuries.

"It is heartbreaking to think of the pain that April was in.  It is inconceivable that anyone could consider this an appropriate method of exercising their pet," said Eccles.  "Thankfully Angel's Animal Rescue convinced Elliott to surrender the dog so that she could get immediate veterinary treatment and the RCMP and the BC SPCA worked together to present a file to Crown counsel asking for cruelty charges.

"This is an extremely disturbing case and we are grateful to Crown counsel for moving forward with charges so quickly," said Eccles.

If convicted, Elliott faces a fine of up to $10,000, up to six months in jail and a ban on owning animals for a period of time to be determined by a judge.

The BC SPCA conducts close to 6,000 cruelty investigations a year. As a not-for-profit, we are reliant on donations from the public to carry out our life-saving work. You can help us to investigate reports of cruelty, rescue injured and neglected animals, and bring abusers to justice. Please donate today.

Photo caption: April Rain, a golden Labrador mix, sustained horrific injuries after being dragged behind a vehicle in Merritt. 

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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