Man charged in connection with dog’s death in Victoria facing additional charge

Man charged in connection with dog's death in Victoria facing additional charge
Victoria Police in the 1300-block of Hillside Avenue on Jan. 20, 2020, after responding to reports of an incident involving a dog that died.

The man accused of killing a dog outside a Hillside Avenue apartment building in January is facing an additional charge of breaking and entering.

Brandon Bartlett, a 38-year-old man from Victoria, is now charged with breaking and entering.

He was already charged with killing or injuring an animal following his arrest in the 1300-block of Hillside Avenue on Jan. 20.

Victoria police were called to an apartment building on Hillside Avenue on Jan. 20 following a report of an incident between a man and a dog.

When officers arrived, they discovered a dog had died and the suspect was refusing to leave a suite in the apartment building.

Just before 7 p.m. that night, the man exited the suite. Police said he still refused to comply with officers’ directions. ARWEN less-lethal (non-lethal) projectiles were used and the man was then taken into custody. He was taken to hospital by B.C. Emergency Health Services paramedics and officers for evaluation.

Police said the man was not the owner of the dog. The dog’s owners reported the dog had been taken from their residence in a break and enter, which happened a short time before officers were called to the 1300-block of Hillside Avenue.

The dog’s owners were not home at the time of the break and enter, but returned home to discover evidence of the break and enter and their dog missing. Police confirmed the dog that died was the same dog that had been stolen from the resident.

Three days after the incident, Victoria police asked the public to remain calm after posts appeared on social media making threatening comments against Bartlett. 

Bartlett is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 24, 2020. He is still in police custody.



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