Kamloops man charged with beating family dog to death

By James Peters
March 22, 2016 - 11:00am Updated: March 22, 2016 - 4:25pm

KAMLOOPS — Crown counsel has approved animal cruelty charges against a Kamloops man they say beat a chihuahua to death with a fence post.

BC SPCA says it was during a Thanksgiving celebration that the family dog, Jersey, bit a family member, resulting in a small wound.

Crown alleges that's when Christopher Mathes took the dog outside and beat it to death.

SPCA Chief Prevention and Enforcement Officer Marcie Moriarty says if Mathes is found guilty, he faces significant penalties.

"Under this particular section of the criminal code if he is found guilty he could face up to a maximum $75,000-dollar fine, and up to 5 years in jail, or up to a lifetime ban of owning animals," said Moriarty.

Moriarty notes Jersey had been adopted by the family from a rescue organization.

News: Crown counsel has charged a Kamloops resident with animal cruelty under the Criminal Code of Canada in the beating...

Posted by BC SPCA (BCSPCA) on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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