RCMP, SPCA investigating woman accused of dragging puppy behind moving vehicle

Vino, a Red Heeler puppy, was rescued from Oliver last week when four Kelowna women saw him being pulled behind a moving vehicle.
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OKANAGAN – After news of four Kelowna women who rescued a puppy that was injured while being pulled behind a moving vehicle in Oliver last week, the SPCA and RCMP have begun a joint investigation into possible animal cruelty.

On Friday, June 12 at around 7:30 p.m., four women from Kelowna were on a wine tour in Oliver when they saw a woman and two kids driving a vehicle down Road 22. A small puppy tied to a rope was being pulled along behind.

The women intervened and took the dog to a vet clinic where 'Vino', a Red Heeler pup roughly eight weeks old, was treated for wounds to all four paws.

Corinne Ross, spokesperson for the South Okanagan SPCA, says they are investigating in conjunction with Penticton RCMP.

“I have spoken to the lady who is charge of cruelty investigations in the Oliver area and she is looking into it,” she says. “It has been reported to the RCMP.”

Calls to Penticton RCMP were not returned but Kelowna RCMP Cpl. Joe Duncan says police will follow up on any recommendations made by the SPCA and if appropriate, pursue charges. He urges the public to remain calm and let the authorities handle the investigation.

Vino is currently with her rescuers, who say they plan to keep him.

When Vino was rescued he had abrasions to all four paws and was bleeding.
When Vino was rescued he had abrasions to all four paws and was bleeding.
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The neglected kittens, including the one pictured in this submitted photo, are under veterinary care and the adult cats are being assessed by the B.C. SPCA locations.
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