Cookie was taken into custody by the SPCA.

Campbell River man charged with animal cruelty

Crown counsel has charged Campbell River resident Tyrone Roberts with animal cruelty under the Criminal Code of Canada following a BC SPCA investigation.

Roberts is accused of punching and beating his male brindle pit bull-German shepherd cross named Cookie, causing serious facial and jaw injuries.

Veterinary examinations carried out in February when the dog was taken into BC SPCA care revealed numerous new as well as older, untreated injuries including lacerations, puncture wounds to the head and face, a fractured leg and multiple fractures to his teeth and jaw caused by blunt-force trauma.

Bail conditions were imposed that prohibit Roberts from possessing or having custody of any dogs.

“This is a particularly disturbing case of violence against a helpless animal and we are pleased to see the courts taking this case so seriously,” said Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer for the BC SPCA.

Cookie received medical care for all of his injuries and was adopted into a loving home earlier this year, but tragically was killed in an accident with a vehicle.

Roberts’ first court appearance is Aug. 29. If convicted, he faces a maximum fine of $10,000, up to five years in jail or up to a lifetime ban on owning animals.

Tina Heary, senior animal protection officer of the BC SPCA, told the Mirror that Cookie was taken into custody in February and treated.

“The dog got into BC SPCA custody and required immediate veterinary attention for multiple injuries,” Heary said.

Cookie was then adopted out to a loving and caring family. Unfortunately, Cookie has since passed away from causes unrelated to the case, Heard said.

“We are very happy that he had experienced such a loving, caring home even for such a short time,” Heard said.

The allegations against Roberts have not been proven in any court and Roberts declined to comment when contacted by the Mirror.