Esquimalt First Nations chief charged with cruelty over dog’s ruptured eyeball
CTV News, October 15, 2015
An Esquimalt First Nations Chief and his wife have been charged with animal cruelty after allegedly letting their Shih tzu’s eye infection go untreated, causing the dog’s eyeball to rupture, according to BC SPCA.
Chief Andrew Thomas and Mary Anne Thomas failed to provide “necessary veterinary care” for the dog, named Chewy, the organization said.
The dog was discovered tied up outside of a home on July 22 this year, according to BC SPCA investigators.
“Chewy was badly matted, filthy and was suffering from a severe infection in his eye that had been left untreated,” BC SPCA senior animal protection officer Erika Paul said in a media release. “The vet suspected that, given the severity of the infection, the injury had gone untreated for a number of weeks.”
Chief Thomas declined to comment when contacted by CTV News.
He and his wife face charges of causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal and neglecting or failing to provide necessities.
The couple has been released from custody on the condition they no longer possess any animals, and will make their first court appearance on Oct. 22.
The charges carry a maximum jail sentence of five years, a fine of up to $10,000 and a lifetime ban on owning animals.