June 4, 2014 1:57 pm
Updated: June 4, 2014 5:23 pm

Animal cruelty charges laid against Colwood couple following brutal dog attack

Bryn is now recovering after a brutal attack earlier this year.


VANCOUVER – Animal cruelty charges have now been laid against a Colwood couple following a BC SPCA investigation after a brutal attack on the family’s dog.

Joseph White and Elizabeth Johnston have now been charged after their dog, Bryn, was severely injured and suffered blunt force trauma.

“When she came into our care Bryn had extensive injuries to her head, torso, legs and teeth. Her skin was split open on the top of her head and she had bruising around the right side of that injury, as well as a swelling and broken front leg, lacerations under her left armpit and abrasions on her front right leg,” says BC SPCA Constable Erika Paul. “Bryn also had significant bruising to the right side of her torso, a broken canine tooth and was experiencing neurological deficits that impacted her back legs, making it hard for her to stand or move around.”

Bryn is now recovering in a foster home. Credit: BC SPCA

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White and Johnston did not seek medical care for Bryn until the BC SPCA became aware of what happened to the dog the next day.

They immediately rushed Bryn for emergency treatment and launched a formal investigation into the beating.

“She’s such a gentle and sweet girl, and quickly became a favourite with staff and volunteers,” says Annie Prittie Bell, manager of the Victoria SPCA Branch. “She’s a lovely dog and so eager to please.”

Bryn is currently recovering in an SPCA foster home and will be put up for adoption as soon as she is well enough.

Charlene Myers, founder of the Animal Cruelty Legislation Advocates Canada, has started a petition asking Crown Counsel to recommend the maximum penalty for White and Johnston, if convicted.

White and Johnston will make their first court appearance at the Western Communities Courthouse on June 26 at 9 a.m.

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