The owner of the severely emaciated Siberian husky discovered wandering in Maple Ridge has been identified by the BC SPCA’s Cruelty Investigations Department.
“We received a call from a neighbour who recognized the dog after seeing her in the media,” reads a statement by Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer for the BC SPCA. “Information from this individual led to the identification of the dog’s owner, a Coquitlam resident and university student in his 20s.”
“After interviewing him we believe there is sufficient evidence to move forward with animal cruelty charges under both the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Criminal Code of Canada.”
When “Willow” was found on January 31, she was extremely weak and weighed only 15 kilograms which is drastically below the normal weight of about 24 kilograms for a dog of her breed and young age of between one to two years old. BC SPCA stated her situation was so dire to the extent that she resorted to eating gravel and dirt to stay alive.
Veterinarians gave her a score of one, an indication of severe malnutrition, based on the canine body conditioning scale of one to nine. She was found wandering within the vicinity of 256th and 128th streets in Maple Ridge.
Willow will require a new home once she fully recovers and gains a healthy body weight. Until then, donations to fund her interim medical care can be made here: http://www.give2gether.com/home/bc-spca-medical-emergency/
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