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Monday, April 01, 2013

Teen arrested in Alberta for a brutal puppy beating

Teen arrested in brutal puppy beating

CALGARY -- Cops have charged a 19-year-old Turner Valley, Alta., man with animal cruelty after a puppy was viciously beaten and left with a broken jaw and legs.
William Daniel Goyette faces a criminal charge of cruelty to an animal, which carries a fine or possible jail time, for what Mounties call a "disturbing" case of alleged abuse of his 12-week-old collie.
On March 13, Mounties were alerted to the case by the Alberta SPCA who had been informed by a local veterinary clinic in the town 60 km southwest of Calgary that a puppy was brought in by its owner severely injured, RCMP Const. Andrew Cross said.
It had suffered a broken jaw and three broken legs.
"If you look at the injuries, it is a disturbing case," Cross said.
The SPCA began an investigation which was then handed over to RCMP due to the severity of the injuries.
"We spoke to the owner and spoke to two or three witnesses who saw the abuse on the animal," he said.
It's alleged the dog was punched, kicked and thrown about a metre.
The pup, which was seized by the SPCA, required significant surgery and is recovering.
Goyette was arrested Friday and released with conditions, including not to own domestic animals.
"Due to the severity of the injuries to the one dog we didn't want a repeat of the offence," Cross said.
Goyette is next scheduled to appear in court in Okotoks, Alta., on April 12.
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