Officials seize dog dragged on sidewalk, launch probe in Hamilton

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Published July 10, 2023 at 1:25 pm

SCREENSHOT FROM FUR WARRIORS VIA FACEBOOK
SCREENSHOT FROM FUR WARRIORS VIA FACEBOOK

The province’s animal welfare officials have seized the dog that was filmed being dragged with a leash on the sidewalk, but a Hamilton animal rescue charity has criticized authorities for not laying charges. 

Ontario’s Animal Welfare Services along with Hamilton police executed a warrant on July 8 in Dundas regarding a recent incident involving the dragging of a dog, said Andrew Morrison, spokesperson for the Ministry of the Solicitor General, in an email to inthehammer.com today (July 10).

“AWS has seized a dog under section 44 of the Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act,” Morrison said, noting a veterinarian is evaluating the dog. “The Ontario government takes the welfare of animals very seriously.”

He said the agency has launched an investigation and no charges have been laid.

“Given the investigation is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment further,” he added.

Hamilton police said the investigators were able to find and take the dog “without incident” on July 8 related to the June 30 incident. They said they could not comment further on the case because they were not investigating it.

“Circumstances surrounding a non-Hamilton Police investigation will not be released and is best answered from the investigating agency,” they said in an email to inthehammer.com.

The Hamilton-based dog rescue charity Fur Warriors questioned why the suspect was not charged and why it took a week to take the dog away from its owner. The group alleged a man was the suspect and identified him, but authorities did not provide any information on him or any suspect. (Inthehammer.com is not naming the alleged dog abuser because he has not been charged.)

“If you have grounds to remove the dog… you have grounds to charge the abuser,” it wrote in a Facebook post today (July 10).

The video, which the group says was provided by someone, appears to show a man dragging a dog with a leash on the sidewalk, yelling “you idiot” and hitting it.

“The sad reality which everyone doesn’t realize… is without him being charged he himself is able to get his dog back once the legal hold is done,” Fur Warriors wrote. “We have seen this happen numerous times before with abused or neglected animals. I even called one of my shelter friends who manages a shelter in our province, and they confirmed there is no reason stopping him from getting his dog back without charges.” 

If you have information on the case or any incidents of animals being distressed, abused or neglected, contact police or Animal Welfare Services through the Ontario Animal Protection Call Centre  at 1-833-9-ANIMAL.

To provide information anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your tips online at www.crimestoppershamilton.com.

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