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Kamloops man charged with animal cruelty after killing family dog

March 22, 2016

Crown counsel has charged Kamloops resident Christopher Mathes with animal cruelty under the Criminal Code of Canada in the beating death of the family’s Chihuahua-mix dog on Thanksgiving, 2015.

BC SPCA investigators say the incident occurred during a family dinner, when the five-year-old dog named Jersey bit a family member, causing a small wound.

“Mathes allegedly took the dog outside and beat him repeatedly over the head with a four-foot-long fence post,” said BC SPCA chief prevention and enforcement officer Marcie Moriarty.

“The BC SPCA was alerted to the situation and found the dog buried in a cardboard box.”

Moriarty said the necropsy performed on Jersey showed that the dog, who was adopted by the family through a rescue group, died of blunt force trauma caused by multiple blows to the head.

If convicted, Mathes faces a maximum fine of $75,000, up to five years in jail or up to a lifetime ban on owning animals.



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