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Animal cruelty charges laid against 2 West Kelowna residents

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January 13, 2021 - 1:29 PM

For their alleged failure to get a critically injured dog medical treatment, two West Kelowna residents face criminal charges.

George Edward Hanley Tackaberry and Kimberly Dawn Regensburger face criminal charges of causing unnecessary pain and suffering to an animal, and failing to provide necessities to an animal. Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act they also face count of causing an animal to continue to be in distress.

The BCSPCA said that the issue, which has been in the courts for a month, dates back to September 2019, when dog named Winston was found to be suffering and allegedly in need of veterinary care.

“There were two dogs involved in a fight. Both dogs were taken to a vet clinic by a third party. One dog was treated and released while the second dog ‘Winston’ was later deemed to be in critical distress,” the BCSPCA said in an email.

“The reason for the charges was that the owner and other caregiver failed to address concerns relating to the welfare of Winston’s health. The BC SPCA became involved once we were notified by the third party.”

Through the BCSPCA investigation, a veterinarian deemed Winston in critical distress due to untreated ailments and injures.

“This coupled with the poor prognosis Winston was euthanized resulting in us moving forward with animal cruelty charges,” they said.

The matter returns to court Jan. 21.


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