A horrific animal cruelty case in Duncan has just come to light.

According to the BC SPCA, Duncan couple Anderson Joe and Melissa Tooshley have been charged with animal cruelty under the Criminal Code after authorities found a badly abused dog in their possession on February 16th.

Despite extensive treatment and around-the-clock care, the distressed dog succumbed to his injuries two days after he was found.

The extent of the abuse

The medium-sized brown dog was found extremely emaciated, tied up with a rope that was only a few inches long, and standing in a pile of mud and feces.

Upon closer inspection, it became evident that his collar had dug deep into his neck, causing severe infection and making his head swell up to two to three times its normal size.

“The constables used bolt cutters to free the dog and immediately rushed him to an emergency veterinary clinic,” says Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer for the BC SPCA.

“The wound from the embedded collar exposed the dog’s trachea and jugular vein – it was horrific. This kind of appalling neglect and cruelty is sickening and absolutely unacceptable in our society.”

If the couple is convicted, they face up to five years of prison time, a $10,000 fine, and up to a lifetime ban on owning animals.

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