The man, who asked to remain anonymous, says it looks like the dog was dragged behind a moving vehicle by a rope attached to its back leg. Fort St. John RCMP Corporal Jodi Shelkie says cases of animal cruelty are normally investigated by the SPCA, and if it's determined the abuse was intentional, charges could be laid.
"If it can be proven that the person did it to purposely injure the dog, then under the Criminal Code of Canada there is a section: Cruelty to Animals," she says. :45 "But if it's a case where somebody tied their dog to the back of their pick up and it accidentally flipped out, there's no intent, in which case we wouldn't be able to do anything."
However, getting an investigation started is heavily dependent on whether there is any way of identifying who the dog's owner is.
"If it's got identification on it like a tattoo, a chip in it, or a dog tag, the SPCA can look it up," Shelkie explains.
The SPCA has its own investigators for cases of animal cruelty, and the man who found the dog has been told someone will be out there today to check it out.