Rather than handle the situation themselves, the Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals contacted the RCMP who charged the 19-year-old with one count of cruelty to animals.
Although the SPCA can conduct investigations, seize animals and lay charges, the facts of this case were such that they decided to call in the RCMP. RCMP Const. Andrew Cross said, "This was serious enough that the SPCA, who could have charged the owner themselves, decided to send it to the RCMP for a Criminal Code charge."
The 12-week-old collie puppy had allegedly been punched, kicked and thrown up in the air for a distance of about five feet. Police believe the injuries were inflicted upon the dog over a period of time. The puppy suffered a fractured jaw and three of its legs were broken.
The abuse was witnessed by two other persons who lived in the home and they eventually persuaded the owner to take the collie to a veterinary clinic. The vet contacted the SPCA.
William Daniel Goyette, of Turner Valley, faces one count of cruelty to animals and made his first court appearance on Friday. Turner Valley is about 60 km southwest of Calgary.
Cross said, "If you look at the injuries, it is a disturbing case. Due to the severity of the injuries to the dog, we didn't want a repeat of the offence."
The puppy underwent hours of surgery for his injuries and is now being cared for by the SPCA. The collie is expected to recover.
Goyette was released from custody on Friday. Of the conditions of his release, Cross said, "He cannot leave Alberta and he cannot own any domestic animal."
Goyette is scheduled to appear in court in Okotoks on April 12.