A very scared young black and tan Doberman pinscher remains in protective custody with the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Vancouver, BC, Canada reports the Global News. On Wednesday, a search warrant was obtained to search the residence where the dog lived with her owner, shortly after a disturbing video of the dog being kicked and maliciously abused, had been aired on a news broadcast.
On Thursday, the alleged puppy abuser was identified as Desmond Hague, who resides part time at the upscale Private Residences at Hotel Georgia in downtown Vancouver. Hague is the CEO of a sports arena catering company called Centerplate Inc.
The disturbing animal abuse video was dated July 27, according to the VancouverSun.com, and showed a man repeatedly kicking a scared dog in the stomach and then pulling on the dog's leash and lifting the puppy into the air. The public was outraged when the video footage was aired during a newscast.
According to court papers, Marcie Moriarty, with the BC SPCA, reported authorities found the puppy in a urine filled crate in the 39th floor condo with both water and food out of her reach. The puppy showed signs of being abused, and has since been removed and is reported to be doing better under the care of the SPCA.
Moriarty has recommended animal cruelty charges be pressed against Hague, and the case has been referred to Crown counsel who is still conducting their investigation. If charged and found guilty, Hague faces a lifetime ban on pet ownership or jail time.
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