Locked in the cab of a van for a week, muzzled Husky Kiki and four other animals were discovered after a neighbour heard him honking the horn.
Two London residents are now facing a slew of animal cruelty charges after leaving those animals, the others being a pair of Rottweiler-Husky mixes, Buddy and Six Toes, and a pair of cats in a moving van for days.
“An investigation by the London Police Service found three dogs and two cats left in the vehicle in deplorable conditions without proper care,” said London Police Service Cst. Ken Steeves in a news release.
The owners, Donna Hebert and Allan Folkins-Wyre, have been charged jointly with five counts of cruelty to animals, contrary to section 445(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada. Three charges are cause an animal to be in distress, one fail to provide necessary care and one, fail to provide adequate and appropriate sanitary conditions. The dogs and cats are currently under the London Humane Society’s (LHS) care. None of these charges have been proven in a court of law.
The honking horn alerted neighbours to the animals’ location, but the LHS had been looking for them for a week at the time of their discovery. Investigators received a complaint of three dogs living in unsanitary conditions on Dec. 3 but by the time they arrived at the address in question, the accused had vacated with the animals.
They were on the lam with the cats and dogs until Dec. 10 when the neighbour heard the horn and complained that the moving van had been left in the parking lot with at least one dog in it for days.
“It certainly is a distinct case,” LHS executive director Judy Foster said.