33-year old man charged in connection with Edmonton animal cruelty
A man has been charged with causing an animal distress as a result of an Edmonton animal cruelty investigation. The man is accused of dragging a dog behind a pickup truck in the area of 92 St and 114 Ave.
Police were called concerning the dog being dragged and, on a hunch, stopped at a vet clinic and found the injured dog suffering from severe wounds consistent with road rash.
The man will be in court to face a to-be-determined fine in mid June of this year.
“A criminal charge requires evidence of willful intent, which does not appear to be the case in this incident,” says lead investigator Const. Mandy Squire.
At this time, police are unsure of who actually owns the injured dog and are investigating the ownership of the female pitbull.
The six-year-old dog, a female named Nalla, was in the care of the accused when the incident occurred; he is not the lawful owner.
“There is some confusion as to who lawfully owns the animal, so that still needs to be determined. The dog is currently receiving 24-hour medical care, including numerous surgeries to heal the bottoms of her paws,” said Squire.
“She will be in care for several weeks. During that time, we will continue to investigate ownership, and determine if she is to be placed for adoption.”
Clair Seyler of the EPS says the response from the public to assist this dog has been inspiring. Information on how to contribute to the dog’s medical costs is being finalized and will be shared on the EPS Facebook page. It is believed that the cost of medical care for Nalla could reach as much as $10,000.