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Vancouver Island resident Daniel Elliott has been charged with animal cruelty under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act after his dog was taken into BC SPCA care with a choke chain deeply embedded in his neck.
Last February, the BC SPCA responded to a call about a tethered dog in distress on Elliott’s Ladysmith-area property and found the young pit-bull cross extremely lethargic and suffering from a badly infected wound caused by the embedded collar.
Elliott surrendered the dog, who was taken immediately to Island Veterinary Hospital in Nanaimo, where the chain was surgically removed from his neck under general anaesthesia.
“In a case like this, not only can you see the embedded collar, but the amount of discharge and the odour from the infection should have been a clear indication that the poor dog was in distress,” says BC SPCA constable Toni Morrison.
“It’s clear from the severity of the wound that the choke chain had been embedded under his skin for some time.”
Following treatment the dog, now named Archer, was cared for at the Nanaimo & District SPCA Branch, where he became a favourite with staff and volunteers.
“He is so friendly and outgoing and he has found an amazing new home,” says Morrison. “His new guardian absolutely loves him and says he’s the best dog he’s ever had. They go running together and he says Archer gets along great with his three cats.”
Morrison says it is wonderful to see Archer getting a second chance. “He’s been through so much and we’re so glad he is now in a happy, healthy environment.”
If convicted, Elliott faces up to two years in jail, a fine of up to $75,000 and up to a lifetime ban on owning animals.
The BC SPCA’s animal cruelty investigations are funded by community donations. To help fight animal cruelty in your community, please visit spca.bc.ca/support.
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.