Dog walker could face animal cruelty charges for dog deaths: SPCA
According to Petsearchers Canada, six dogs widely reported as being stolen actually died in the back of a dog walker’s van. (SCREEN GRAB PETSEARCHERSCANADA.COM)
The bodies of six dogs that died in the back of a truck driven by the woman in charge of their care were found in a marshy area in Abbotsford, says the provincial SPCA.
Spokeswoman Lorie Chortyk said the SPCA was handed the investigation Sunday when it became known the dogs were dead and not stolen.
“We’re conducting necropsies on the six dogs,” said Chortyk. “The physical evidence will tell you a very specific story of what happened.”
Chortyk said the woman in charge of the dogs could be facing animal cruelty charges related to the deaths.
The woman had initially said the dogs were stolen, but later allegedly confessed they had died due to heatstroke from being left in the vehicle.
The SPCA can recommend the charges, but Crown prosecutors would have to lay them if they felt it appropriate, said Chortyk.