R v Vanderwater, 2017 BCPC File 169032-2-C

Vandewater was transporting a friends dog which was attached to his bicycle. While he was riding he did not notice that the dog was being dragged. The dog suffered abrasions to his paws which left bloody paw prints down the street.

Originally this offence was proceeding under the Criminal Code, however it was determined that the offence was not willful and therefore was pursued under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

Vandewater was fined $250 payable within 6 months, and was given a 2 year prohibition from owning animals. This was a joint submission from Crown and defence.