Dog dragged from car for nearly a kilo­me­tre

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

A man and woman are fac­ing an­i­mal cru­elty charges after a dog was al­legedly dragged from a car for nearly a kilo­me­tre in Wel­land last week.

Ni­a­gara po­lice were called to South­worth Street shortly be­fore 4 p.m. Thurs­day after wit­nesses re­ported see­ing the dog be­ing dragged, be­fore the car crashed into another ve­hi­cle, po­lice said in a re­lease is­sued Sun­day night.

Po­lice found the small dachs­hund/bea­gle mix with trau­matic in­juries. A wit­ness rushed the dog to an an­i­mal hospi­tal.

“Re­mark­ably, given the or­deal the dog en­dured, it is ex­pected to re­cover,” Ni­a­gara po­lice said.

Wit­nesses told po­lice the dog had been at­tached by a leash to the pas­sen­ger side door of a car at the Beer Store on Lin­coln Street. When the car left the dog tried to run along side the car.

Sev­eral wit­nesses tried to sig­nal to the driver to stop, po­lice said. The leash broke sec­onds be­fore the car struck another ve­hi­cle 800 me­tres from the Beer Store.

Cassandra McKay, 42, and Gary Dewilde, 47, both of Fort Erie, are each charged crim­i­nally with caus­ing un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing to a dog and wil­ful ne­glect of a dog.

They are sched­uled to ap­pear in court in Wel­land March 29.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call Ni­a­gara po­lice at 905688-4111 ext. 3355.

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