SPCA solves animal cruelty case with media, public help

The Kelowna SPCA in Kelowna is expressing gratitude today to the media and members of the public who helped identify the owner of a critically ill dog dumped at the SPCA shelter on March 14.

  • Wed Mar 30th, 2011 3:00pm
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The Kelowna SPCA in Kelowna is expressing gratitude today to the media and members of the public who helped identify the owner of a critically ill dog dumped at the SPCA shelter on March 14.

Shelter security cameras showed the muzzled dog being pulled from a dark-coloured truck at approximately 4:30 a.m., dragged across the parking lot and tied to the front door of the shelter.

The beige and white mixed-breed dog, named Sable by shelter staff, was suffering from a severe neurological condition that prevented her from standing or walking.

Despite being rushed to a veterinarian as soon as she was discovered by SPCA staff, the dog had to be humanely euthanized because of critical distress.

“We are so grateful to the media for raising awareness about this story and to the people who provided us with information to solve the case,” said  Sabrina Fedorak, manager of the Kelowna SPCA.

“Our SPCA constable acted on a tip and did some incredible detective work to determine the owner of the dog.”

Charges of animal cruelty are now pending in the case.

Fedorak says it was heartbreaking to think of how much the frightened dog must have suffered after being abandoned.

“It is clear from viewing the video footage that her condition deteriorated dramatically from the time she was abandoned to when we found her,” she said.

“We wish we could have saved her life but it just wasn’t possible given her level of suffering and distress.

“At least we have the comfort of knowing that we can now seek justice on her behalf.

“We are truly grateful to everyone who helped us ensure that her owner will be held accountable for his actions.”

The SPCA conducts more than 7,000 cruelty investigations a year and is reliant on donations from the public to continue its work.

To find out how you can help, please visit the SPCA’s website at www.spca.bc.ca/support.