A Vancouver Island man is facing animal cruelty charges in the abuse of a one-year-old German Shepherd dog named Hope.
Chemainus resident Kevin Timothy has been accused of the crime after the female dog was found abandoned in the woods and tied tightly to a tree with a plastic and wire cable.
Hope was found suffering from emaciation, dehydration, extreme muscle wasting and a deep, severe neck wound in May 2019.
“The cable was tied so tightly that her face was pressed to the tree and she could not lay down or move. The wire was deeply embedded into her neck, causing such a massive wound that her jugular vein and trachea were exposed,” said Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer for the BC SPCA.
She was so badly infected by this neck injury that her head had swollen severely, her injury was filled with maggots, and she was too weak to walk.
Moriarty says it’s a “miracle” that Hope survived this brutal ordeal. She was rushed to the veterinary in Duncan for stabilization and then transported to a specialized emergency clinic in Victoria for around-the-clock life-saving treatment.
After several surgeries and months of treatment, Hope was adopted by one of her care workers at the veterinary hospital, and is now safe, healthy, and happy.
Her alleged abuser, Kevin Timothy, is facing up to five years in jail, a maximum $70,000 fine and up to a lifetime ban on owning animals if convicted.