An Alberta man is facing charges after allegedly stealing a BC woman’s vehicle with her dog inside of it, and subsequently dragging the dog for approximately one bock as he attempted to make his escape, police said on Wednesday.
According to Columbia Valley RCMP, the incident took place in the community of Windermere, in BC’s southeastern interior.
Police said officers responded to the scene just after 5:40 pm this past Monday, following reports that the woman’s Rav4 was stolen, after the woman had parked the vehicle – but left it running with her dog inside – while she stopped in at a local store. When she returned from the store, her vehicle was gone.
“A short time later the woman saw her Rav4 drive past and could only watch as the auto theft suspect tried to push her dog out of the moving SUV,” said RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey. “In doing so, the dog’s leash became caught in the door resulting in the dog being dragged for a distance of approximately one block.
Officers “immediately responded” to the area, and began conducting patrols for the stolen vehicle, said O’Donaghey. “A description of the male suspect was obtained from video surveillance and within an hour, front line officers located the suspect walking on Subdivision Road in Windermere.”
The stolen vehicle was located a short distance away. The male was arrested and remanded into custody.
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Now, 24-year-old Rylan Kinsey of Airdrie, Alberta, has been charged with theft of a motor vehicle, causing injury to an animal and three counts of failing to comply with release conditions.
Police said the woman’s dog – a Husky Hound Shepherd cross named Indy – sustained abrasions and lacerations as a result of being dragged.
“His owner believes that he either eventually slipped out of his collar or it broke away during the ordeal,” said O’Donaghey. “Indy’s wounds required stitches, but he is expected to fully recover.”