The East Kootenay Branch of the BC SPCA is considering animal cruelty charges after a dog in distress was found near Yahk.
Branch Manager Christy King says the one year old shar-pei-Labrador cross was brought to them Saturday after being spotted on Carol Creek forest service road.
The dog, who staff have named Rusty, had a chain collar embedded in its neck.
King believes the chain may have been wrapped around the canine for months.
“It had worked its way into the flesh and caused a gaping wound where the chain had gone right into the muscle and caused a huge infection,” she explains. “So, I imagine it was quite painful and certainly if he hadn’t received treatment, I don’t think it would have been long before he passed away.
King says they have identified Rusty’s owner and an investigation is ongoing.
“The owner could face charges,” she suggests but notes she can’t say much about the matter due to the stage of the investigation. “But, we have someone who has come forward as the owner, and we are working with them and they are cooperating with us.”
The case is being compared to a similar incident in Duncan, when a dog was found starving in its home and tethered to a chain that was only a few inches long.
The animal later died, and his owners have been charged with animal cruelty.
– BC SPCA East Kootenay branch manager Christy King
(Photo courtesy of BC SPCA East Kootenay)