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Case ID: 19813
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Friday, Aug 3, 2012

Disposition: Alleged

» Enza Pattison
» Douglas Pattison

A Victoria couple has been charged with animal cruelty after their dehydrated Shih Tzu was found wandering through town with open wounds that had become infested with maggots.

Ten-year-old Tiny was turned over to an SPCA shelter on Aug. 2 after a concerned passerby noticed her walking along Prior Street, according to a BC SPCA press release. Animal cruelty investigators say that the dog's fur had become so matted that sores on her paws and the base of her tail were crawling with larvae and she was so dehydrated that her kidneys were shutting down. She was also suffering from dental disease that officials describe as "horrific."

SPCA Const. Erika Paul says that all of the pup's problems were entirely preventable with proper care.

"I just can't comprehend why anyone would allow a little dog to become so sick without intervening. It is horrible to think of how much Tiny suffered before she was rescued," Paul said in a release.

Shelter staff and veterinarians spent three months trying to saving the miniature dog, but her condition continued to deteriorate and she had to be put down.

Tiny's owners, Douglas and Enza Pattison, have now both been charged with failing to provide necessaries for an animal under the Criminal Code and causing an animal to continue to be in distress under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. If convicted, they could face up to two years in jail, a maximum $75,000 fine and a ban on owning animals.

The Pattisons are scheduled to appear in Victoria provincial court on Dec. 3.


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