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Appalled drivers watch as pooch beaten like a dog
The word about a low-life Cowichanian who assaulted a Boston Terrier in front of bystanders is spreading like wildfire on Cowichan's social media pages.
"We’ve had 22,000 page visits and 345 shares. I’m absolutely gob-smacked," said Chris Davies Tuesday after a Facebook post he created telling the nasty and violent story he and wife Leigh witnessed Sunday afternoon.
"We were witnesses today to the shocking, horrifically emotional abuse of a lovely little Boston Terrier," Davies, owner of Mid-Island Ink Depot, said on the post.
The couple was driving on Cowichan Lake Road when they spotted the dog stepping with caution onto the road at the Gerz Road turnoff, he explained. They slowed and pulled over, flashing their lights to warn oncoming traffic to stop. That's when the situation turned ugly.
"We saw a 20-something thug coming down Gerz Road, obviously the owner of (the dog) shouting... (The dog) was cowering now and sat down in the middle of the road."
According to Davies, the "thug" then pinned the terrier by the neck to the road and punched him three times in the head. And that's not all.
"He then picks him up by the scruff and flings him over the road and into the ditch," said Davies.
Davies as well as another bystander addressed the man and heated words were exchanged, including what Davies said was a nasty threat by the man to his wife, Leigh, when she said she was going to call 9-11.
"He said, 'I’ll f---ing kill you if you dial 9-11," said Davies.
Now back in their vehicle, Chris and Leigh, who had also called police by then, followed the man to the house he came from at 4400 Inwood Creek Road. They pointed the house out to police officers.
North Cowichan/Duncan Cpl. Jon Stuart confirmed the incident is under investigation.
"The police have located and spoken to the male, and checked out the dog to ensure no visible injury," said Stuart. "This matter and all relevant information, has been referred to the SPCA for their subsequent investigation and follow up, as they are the lead agency in these sort of files."
Manager of Cruelty Investigations with the BC SPCA Shawn Eccles has also heard about the complaint and confirmed an investigation was launched yesterday. But unfortunately, the process isn't cut and dry.
Actions, which can include the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Criminal Code, depend on details, evidence, witness statements, the owner's criminal record, cruelty record, if any, and the police report, said Eccles.
"At the very least, we'll be issuing an order," he said, which includes constables working with animal guardians to educate them on animal protection laws and proper care required for their animal. "And with that we're also creating a record."
The fact of the matter is, "If you’re at the point when you want to hit your dog, maybe you shouldn’t have one," said Eccles.
For dog lovers Chris and Leigh, they're looking to "name and shame this thug," but more importantly make sure due discipline is taken and assurance the dog is safe.
"Right now we're in the dark. Is that dog alive? Is it still with the owner? This is what is so upsetting to a lot of people," he said Tuesday.
Responses to their Facebook story have included several folks willing to adopt the pooch and make donations to the SPCA if the dog is seized.