Island man charged in ‘horrific’ animal cruelty case

Island man charged in 'horrific' animal cruelty case

Kevin Timothy of Chemainus has been charged with animal cruelty after a one-year-old female German shepherd was found in his care in critical condition, suffering from emaciation dehydration, extreme muscle wasting, and a deep, severe neck wound.

In early May 2019, Hope was found by the SPCA abandoned in the woods, tied to a tree with a plastic and wire cable.

Hope was found in May 2019. (BC SPCA)

“The cable was tied so tightly that her face was pressed to the tree and she could not lay down or move. The wire was deeply embedded into her neck, causing such a massive wound that her jugular vein and trachea were exposed,” said Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer for the BC SPCA.

The wound on her neck was infected leaving her head to swell severely, and was filled with maggots. Officials say when she was found she was delirious and too weak to walk.

Hope was rushed to a veterinary clinic in Duncan, then transferred to a specialized emergency clinic in Victoria where she received around the clock life-saving treatment.

“It is a miracle that this poor dog survived,” says Moriarty.

And after multiple surgeries and months of treatment and care, Hope was adopted by one of her caregivers at the veterinary hospital. Her new owner says she’s happy and healthy in her new loving home.

Hope fully recovered from her many surgeries. Almost unrecognizable as the dog in previous pictures. (BC SPCA)

Hope after recovery. BC SPCA)

Timothy is facing one charge of causing animal to continue to be in distress. If convicted, Timothy faces up to two years in jail, a maximum $75,000 fine and up to a lifetime ban on owning animals.


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