The SPCA in British Columbia is investigating three cases of severe animal abuse, just as the province was celebrating Animal Cruelty Prevention Day. The first case has to do with a 4-month old male German shepherd found cowering beneath the bushes at a local park after suffering multiple wounds from a pellet gun. The puppy is said to be recovering. The second case involves a cat in Cranbook found to have been shot in the face with a pellet gun, and now must undergo extensive dental surgery.
The third incident involves the discovery of a small terrier-mix dog found dead in a locked box abandoned at a truck turn-around along the boundary of Glacier National Park by an avalanche control patrol.
According to Constabile Kathy Woodward, the officers believe the dog had been alive when left since the crate was filled with feces. “A dog of this type should weigh approximately 35 lbs, but this poor dog weighed a mere 11 lbs. A necropsy is being carried out but it would appear that the dog was starved to death,” she stated.
British Columbia began its Animal Cruelty Prevention Day 2011, in memory of 56 sled dogs who were slaughtered on April 23, 2010, following the Winter Olympics in Whistler, Vancouver. One of the perpetrators, Robert Fawcett, was sentenced to three years of probation, 200 hours of community service, a $1,500 fine, a 10-year firearms ban and a three-year ban on any commercial involvement with animals after being found guilty of shooting 9 of the dogs.
BC SPCA manager Lori Chortyk is now asking anyone with information about the above cases to please contact the animal cruelty hotline at 1-855-622-7722.
It's always hard for us to understand why anyone would inflict suffering on animals." We want people to know that it's not acceptable to inflict suffering on animals in British Columbia," she stated.