Charges are pending against a Calgary women after Strathmore RCMP responded July 2 to complaints of a dog being dragged behind a vehicle on the Trans-Canada Highway.
Shortly after noon on July 2, a CP Police officer was approached by a member of the public while stopped on the shoulder of Highway 1.
The motorist reported that they had a seen a dog on a leash being dragged behind a black Pontiac Vibe near Range Road 270 and the Trans-Canada Highway.
The CP Police officer notified Strathmore RCMP that the vehicle was last seen driving towards Langdon on Highway 797.
Both RCMP and CP Police responded to where the vehicle was last seen and completed patrols but were unable to locate the vehicle or the dog.
At about 6:40 p.m. Strathmore RCMP received a call of a suspicious vehicle in a field near Range Road 265 and Township Road 242. The caller stated that an injured dog was tied to the vehicle.
Police responded to the scene to find a critically injured dog with injuries consistent with being dragged tied to a Pontiac Vibe matching the description from the earlier call.
The driver of the vehicle was not located at the scene.
Strathmore RCMP took the injured animal, believed to be a border collie cross, for treatment at an emergency veterinary clinic.
After assessment, the veterinarian deemed the dog’s injuries to be too severe and euthanized the animal.
After investigation, Strathmore RCMP arrested a 40-year-old Calgary woman who was determined to be both the owner and driver of the vehicle.
Charges are pending against the woman who has been released from custody on a Promise to Appear in Strathmore Court on August 15.
The suspect cannot be named because a charge of Causing Unnecessary Suffering to an animal contrary to section 445.1 of the Criminal Code is pending.
Strathmore RCMP as asking anyone who witnessed this to contact them at 403-934-3535.