R v Cousine, 2016 BCPC

A complaint was investigated by the SPCA on June 1st, 2016 about an injured dog that had not received veterinary treatment. The dog belonged to Mr. Cousine. Mr. Cousine had taken his dog Tony, to the veterinarian clinic after claiming the dog had been hit by a car. The vet confirmed that the right front leg was broken and advised that the dog needed surgery within a few days. Mr. Cousine did not bring the dog back for further care or surgery.

Mr. Cousine alleged that he could not afford the surgery and that is why he did not bring the dog back. The dog was seized after a search warrant was executed by the RCMP and the SPCA. The dog had to have his leg amputated.

Mr. Cousine entered a plea of guilty to Count 1 and Crown entered a stay of proceedings on Counts 2 and 3 (*counts not specified in transcript).