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Captain was found beaten and discarded in a dumpster the day before he died from cardiac arrest.
The man accused of beating his pet dog and leaving it for dead in a westside Vancouver dumpster had his bail revoked Tuesday and will remain in jail after allegedly breaching conditions of his release.
Brian Whitlock, the owner of the Captain the German shepherd, was out on recognizance after being charged in two separate incidents in 2012 — cases involving criminal harassment and animal cruelty — when Vancouver police arrested him last week.
The court proceedings were subject to a publication ban and details of what information was shared between lawyers and the judge cannot be printed.
However, the 26-year-old will remain in custody as he awaits court dates for last year’s alleged incidents, as well as this latest encounter with police.
His mother, Barbara Whitlock, appeared in a yellow jacket and sat in the gallery throughout the bail hearing, but she declined to speak to 24 hours after her son’s bail was revoked.
Four animal rights activists also appeared at the bail hearing and were seen shaking their heads as Crown lawyer Jacinta Lawton described the latest charges the accused is facing.
Kat Chapman, who attended the hearing in support of Captain’s memory, said she was happy with the judge’s decision to revoke Whitlock’s bail.
She plans to speak to Burnaby-Douglas MP Kennedy Stewart about strengthening Canada’s laws against animal cruelty.
Animal activist Shanela Harrison, who also appeared at the hearing, said she feels safer now that Whitlock must remain behind bars.
Captain was found in a dumpster wrapped in a bloody blanket and clinging to life last July when one of Whitlock’s neighbours, who heard howls coming from the garbage container, discovered the two-year-old dog.
The German shepherd had serious bruising to his head and body. He was treated for his injuries, but died the following day from a heart attack.