Guilty verdict in dog cruelty case

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Chris Whelan of Lakeview has been found guilty of failing to provide adequate care for his dog, Lady, which was found in August 2012 chained to a tree and to be so underweight the bones in her ribs, hips and legs were protruding.

Whelan was found guilty in provincial court in St. John’s this morning. A sentencing hearing has been set for July 19.

Judge Pamela Goulding said she didn’t believe Whelan’s testimony that he fed the dog, but it didn’t gain weight.

Whelan’s story “defies the medical evidence. It defies common sense,” the judge said.

Charges were laid after a neighbour discovered the emaciated Rottweiler mixed-breed chained to a tree on Whelan's property in Lakeview Aug. 31, 2012.

The RCMP, Humane Society and SPCA got involved in the case and Lady, along with two other dogs Whelan had, were taken from his house.

Lady was later adopted by a woman who told The Telegram the dog has gained weight, and is healthy and happy.

The two other dogs Whelan had were healthy, but were also adopted from the SPCA.

Whelan had been charged with animal cruelty-related charges, including failing to provide adequate food, water and shelter for an animal.

Organizations: RCMP, Humane Society

Geographic location: Lakeview

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  • DAUGHERTYSusanna
    December 11, 2013 - 21:12

    Houses are not very cheap and not everybody is able to buy it. Nevertheless, home loans was invented to help different people in such situations.

  • Mystical Genie
    June 04, 2013 - 08:44

    To Man O Man.......I have only to read your post to know you are of below average intelligence, therefore, I won't come down on you for being "dum" (check your spelling), and, maybe, you should "have" (NOT "of") kept your comments to yourself. Let me ask you this......what if that "dum" dog was responsible for locating your sorry a$$ buried alive in a pile of rubble, or was a member of a K9 unit who tracked somebody who had done harm to you or your family, or, maybe, that service dog who takes care of your blind/diabetic/disabled child, or, just that ordinary old mutt from the SPCA who barks his/her head off in the middle of the night because your house is burning and you are still sleeping......in your sorry opinion....would this magnificent animal still be "dum" and deserve to be tied to a tree to starve, alone and unwanted? I really don't need to hear your answer as your opinion means so little to me. I do hope you never find yourself in one of the above scenarios, but should any of this happen to you, a dog, unlike you, is in possession of an abundance of compassion and empathy and would still be "dum" enough to help you.

  • doug
    May 24, 2013 - 20:21

    I agree some what with most comments made here, the only creepy thing about i is, a human could be tied to a tree, starved and killed it would not get half the response as this, we have humans in how can I say it " less fortunate countries that are dying by the millions!".and people are buying doggie clothing not to mention burials it is all pretty bizzare when you think about it.....

  • Jeff
    May 24, 2013 - 12:28

    MAN O MAN.....You are absolutely heartless !!!

  • Linda Tanner
    May 24, 2013 - 09:27

    Could animal welfare please check to see if man o man has any pets.

  • man o man
    May 24, 2013 - 01:17

    its only a dog ,why would a man have to go to court over a dum dog. sorry people, it was his dog and if he choose to starve it ,so be it .the dog is 11 yrs old and on it way out anyway.the lady next door should of shut her big mounth

    • Dog lover
      May 24, 2013 - 10:31

      Lady is not 11years old, she is actually much younger. Nowhere near "on her way out". She is healthy, happy and extremely playful. She has lots of life left, and thank goodness they will be happy years.

    • CD Prince
      May 24, 2013 - 11:31

      Man 0 Man.... well lets tie you out and starve you then shall we... I'd bet you're a bit long in the tooth as well, time to tie you to the tree and let your body consume itself with painful convulsive wracking pain, where you hallucinate and your bones slowly give out. Best thing for old and useless creatures that are of no good use to society... oh ... and the rest of the readers ... no need to worry... he thinks we should all just carry on, keep quiet and not bother anybody about him... carry on... nothing to see here.... and I genuinely mean... nothing Man Zero Man... must stand for your IQ or your value to society.

  • Glitto
    May 23, 2013 - 22:35

    Did he get jail time? Because that's what abusers should get! To abuse an Animal is Pure Evil and THANK GOD this man was stopped.........

  • dgfarrell
    May 23, 2013 - 13:01

    Ok....so what will the judge give him? $1000 fine? Community hours? How about solitary confinment or better still prison (general population) for 2 yrs?

  • Yvette Butt
    May 23, 2013 - 12:17

    People have to know that when you own an animal, the welfare of that animal is your responsibility and there are consequences to not providing adequate care. People are not sitting idly by anymore while you starve your dog and leave it out 24/7 in all weather.....Now if only the beagles of Newfoundland and Labrador would not be invisible....Thank goodness for people who report cruelty, thank goodness for Lady's adoptive family and thank goodness for our system who is not letting these animal abusing freaks away with murder.....

  • Judy
    May 23, 2013 - 10:23

    Thank heavens that Lady and the other two innocent helpless dogs are getting a little bit of justice for what they were put through. And, as well, a great big heartfelt "thank you" to the people who adopted these three dogs and have blessed them with a kind loving home.

    • Terry
      May 23, 2013 - 13:31

      I think this man should be charged to the full entent of the law,,maybe then others would learn that this is a serious offence,,poor animals,,they trust on us humans to be there for them,,and people like this abuse them,,i think 10 years in jail and 100,000, fine might help solve this problem,,tougher laws are a must thats forsure

  • doug
    May 23, 2013 - 09:50

    This guy will probably get more than Sawicki did.

  • TJFJ
    May 23, 2013 - 09:45

    What a hero, big man tied his dog to a tree and starved her. Thank God Lady got a second chance with decent people. Torture a helpless animal who cannot even speak for itself. Hero.

  • TJFJ
    May 23, 2013 - 09:41

    What a hero, big man tied his dog to a tree and starved her. You piece of trash. Thank God Lady got a second chance with decent people. Animal abusers are the lowest of the low, torture a helpless animal who cannot even speak for itself. Hero.

    • Concerned
      May 23, 2013 - 13:55

      Thank God the SPCA was there to assist and adopt out those wonderful dogs. They do so much and the public has no idea of the costs involved. So please help in any way you can by donating, volunteering, fostering. Seized animals need temporary homes as their stay tends to be longer than most because of the slow court system. That can't be helped in most cases, but you can. Get involved.