BC couple charged in appalling case of animal cruelty

Mar 7 2018, 8:35 pm

Charges for animal cruelty are being pressed onto a couple in Duncan, British Columbia after BC SPCA constables witnessed a disgusting episode of animal abuse.

BC SPCA special constables seized a chained up, emaciated dog from Anderson Joe and Melissa Tooshley on February 16, 2018.

Constables had received an earlier report of a dog in distress. Upon arriving on the property they found a “medium-sized dog on a tether that was only inches long, standing in a large pile of mud and feces”.

Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer for the BC SPCA admits that “it’s one of the most profoundly shocking and disturbing cases of abuse [they] have ever witnessed”.

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Image: BC SPCA

Upon nearing the dog there was an “overpowering stench” and not only was the dog severely emaciated, “but his collar was deeply embedded into his neck, causing massive infection.” The dogs head had swollen to almost three times its normal size.

Constables had to resort to using bolt cutters to free the dog and quickly rush him to an emergency veterinary clinic. Moriarty added that “the wound from the embedded collar exposed the dog’s trachea and jugular vein – it was horrific.”

Unfortunately, even after emergency surgery and around-the-clock care was provided, the dog passed away two days later.

If convicted, Joe and Tooshley will face a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, and a lifetime ban on owning animals.

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