Ty­ing dog to mov­ing trailer leads to changes

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CAL­GARY Charges have been laid against a man in his 40s af­ter photos of a dog teth­ered to a trailer be­ing towed on city roads went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia.

On Oct. 28, images show­ing a large dog rid­ing on the bed of a flatbed trailer be­gan ap­pear­ing on so­cial me­dia.

The photo shows the dog — cow­er­ing on the trailer’s wooden deck — ap­pear­ing to be se­cured to the trailer via a leash tied to the front rail.

On Satur­day, 40-year-old Rocky View County res­i­dent Volodymyr Iro­denko turned him­self in, and now faces nu­mer­ous mu­nic­i­pal, provin­cial and crim­i­nal code charges in re­la­tion to the mat­ter.

The crim­i­nal charge — caus­ing dam­age or in­jury to an­i­mals while they are be­ing driven or con­veyed — is an in­dictable of­fence that could see Iro­denko face two years in prison if found guilty.

The Cal­gary Hu­mane So­ci­ety’s Brad Ni­chols said the dog, which shel­ter staff be­lieve is mostly a Leon­berger, has been re­moved from the owner and is now in their care.

“The owner has not been forth­com­ing with ei­ther the name of the an­i­mal or the breed,” he said.

“He’s do­ing OK — frankly, these of­fences don’t ne­ces­si­tate phys­i­cal suf­fer­ing or in­jury, it’s re­ally the reck­less­ness as­so­ci­ated with the act it­self.”

He said trans­port­ing dogs on the bed of flatbed trail­ers can be deadly for the an­i­mal — es­pe­cially in colder weather.

“On a flatbed trailer, there’s no pro­tec­tion what­so­ever from wind, from de­bris, the ele­ments,” he said.

“There’s cer­tainly an ex­panded fall haz­ard as well.”

Had the dog been bumped off the trailer, the re­sult would have al­most cer­tainly been fa­tal, Ni­chols said.

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