Crim­i­nal charge laid in dog abuse

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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.”

Courtesy, Cal­gary Hu­mane so­ci­ety

A Cal­gary-area man is fac­ing charges af­ter a photo of this dog teth­ered to a flatbed trailer be­gan cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia.

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