Published on April 29, 2013
Lady poses for a picture her new owner recently had taken by a professional photographer. The dog has thrived since being taken from a home in Lakeview, where she was found chained to a tree. — Submitted photo
Published on April 25, 2013
Christopher Whelan of Lakeview has been found guilty of failing to provide adequate food, water and shelter for an 11-year-old Rottweiler mixed breed, Lady. — File photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram
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.