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Esquimalt man faces animal cruelty charges

Skylar, a one-year-old pit bull, is in a happy home after being seized by the BC SPCA following an animal cruelty investigation. - Photo courtesy of Unleashed! Pet Portraits
Skylar, a one-year-old pit bull, is in a happy home after being seized by the BC SPCA following an animal cruelty investigation.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Unleashed! Pet Portraits

An Esquimalt man is facing criminal charges for animal cruelty following a BC SPCA investigation.

On May 18, the BC SPCA seized a one-year-old pit bull and charged its owner under both the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Criminal Code.

"The dog was tethered outdoors without access to adequate food, water or shelter until it was seized by SPCA special constables and taken into SPCA care," said SPCA Const. Lynsay Bailey.

“Skylar was living in the worst possible circumstances, but today she is happy, healthy and very much loved in her new adopted home," she said.

The dog's owner, Hubert Henry, was convicted of animal cruelty for the neglect of two pit bulls in 2009.

He will appear in court Aug. 26, where, if convicted, he could receive up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $75,000 and a lifetime ban on owning or having custody of animals.

dpalmer@vicnews.com

 

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