Monday, January 26, 2009

Pit bull pup kicked, punched, SPCA says

A Hamilton couple has been charged with animal cruelty for allegedly kicking and punching a four-month-old puppy and neglecting it.

The couple, 22 and 28, were charged by the Hamilton/Burlington Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals after a three-month investigation.

Shelter officials went to their home after police received a call on Oct. 14 about about a man kicking and punching a dog.

The puppy, a pit bull cross, was seized when the owners didn't ensure the dog received veterinary care for its injuries, which included a broken leg, said Jim Sykes, president and CEO of the society.

The puppy is doing well and has been adopted, he said.

The society had to send the dog to New York State to a shelter there because of Ontario's anti-pit bull legislation. The New York shelter officials asked to remain anonymous because they don't want it to become a drop-off place for unwanted or illegal Canadian pit bulls, Sykes said.

The owners were told by the SPCA they had to bring the dog to the vet for care immediately.

"The owners didn't respond in the time given, so the dog was removed by us," said Sykes. "The dog was clearly in serious distress. It was in need of immediate veterinary care. We wouldn't have given a prolonged period of time."

The couple is expected to appear in court on Feb. 18.

ejohns@thespec.com

905-526-3214

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