Petition CRM-0004401 Didsbury Dog Case

Daniel Charles Haskett, 19, of Didsbury, Alberta has been charged under the Criminal Code with injuring/endangering an animal and causing unnecessary suffering to an animal. He is also charged with obstructing police. A 17-year-old male, whose identity is protected by the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is charged with injuring/endangering an animal and causing unnecessary suffering to an animal. The two are charged after a couple found a female collie-Lab cross lying in the street. The dog\'s legs were bound together with duct tape and there was a tow rope around its neck. When the vet called to the scene lifted the dog to the back of his truck to euthanize it, the true extent of the animal\'s injuries became apparent. "This dog was just broken," he said, adding its neck, pelvis, back and skull were fractured. Investigators believe the six- or seven-year-old dog endured a beating prior to being tied up and hitched to a vehicle. Indications are the dog was dragged behind a vehicle," the police said. The dog had no tags, tattoos or obvious identification, but police officers followed a trail of blood to a local home. For adult offenders, each of the animal cruelty charges has a maximum penalty of a $2,000 fine or six months in jail -- or both. The case is also being investigated by the Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. A conviction under the province\'s Animal Protection Act can carry a maximum penalty of a $20,000 fine and a lifetime ban from Owning animals, but an official said no further charges are being contemplated. The two boys should be made an example of, that cruelty to animals will not be tolerated.Let\'s speak for those who can\'t speak for themselves,and let\'s speak for this poor dog who was absolutely defenseless.

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