March 22, 2016 6:44 pm

Kamloops man charged with animal cruelty after killing family dog in 2015

Five-year-old Jersey was allegedly beaten to death by a Kamloops man.


Kamloops resident Christopher Mathes is facing a charge of animal cruelty after allegedly beating to death his family’s dog on Thanksgiving last year.

BC SPCA investigators said the incident happened after a family dinner when Jersey, a five-year-old Chihuahua-mix, bit a family member and caused a small wound.

“Mathes allegedly took the dog outside and beat him repeatedly over the head with a four-foot-long fence post,” said BC SPCA chief prevention and enforcement officer Marcie Moriarty.

“The BC SPCA was alerted to the situation and found the dog buried in a cardboard box.”

The necropsy performed on Jersey showed that the dog, which was adopted by the family through a rescue group, died of blunt force trauma caused by several blows to the head.

If convicted, Mathes could face a maximum fine of $75,000, up to five years in jail or up to a lifetime ban on owning animals.


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