Criminal charge laid in dog abuse
CALGARY — Charges have been laid against a man in his 40s after photos of a dog tethered to a trailer 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 large 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 imprisonment if found guilty of the charges.
The Calgary Humane Society’s Brad Nichols said the dog, whom shelter staff believe is mostly a Leonberger, has been removed from his 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 okay — 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 a deadly endeavour for the animal — especially in the winter time.
“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 for the dog, Nichols said.
He credits the cooperation between the humane society, Calgary police and Rocky View County officials with the investigation’s successful conclusion.
“There were jurisdictional issues with where the owner was living, relative to where the offence took place,” Nichols said.
“The public was outraged, and I think rightfully so, because it was so egregious — it’s certainly nice to be able to provide some satisfactory action.”
A Calgary-area man is facing charges after a photo of this dog tethered to a flatbed trailer began circulating on social media.