A man from the rural southeast Ottawa community of Vars is facing charges of animal cruelty after allegedly tying a dog to a truck and dragging him for at least half a kilometre.
Police arrested the dog's owner Sunday night after getting a call from witnesses about the incident, which allegedly happened on Carlsbad Lane in the city's southeast end.
The two-year-old German Shepherd, named Tyson, is now recovering at the Ottawa Humane Society after suffering lacerations to his paws and lower front legs.
An official with the humane society said the dog is currently on pain medication but would be healthy enough to adopt in a matter of weeks.
'He's doing really good,' veterinary technologist says
"He's stable right now, he's doing really good," said veterinary technologist Terri-Lynn Scott. "He's bright, alert, responsive, which is key."
In addition to the animal cruelty charges, Adrien Paquette, 72, of Vars is also facing charges of neglecting an animal and uttering threats.
"We did have a case a number of years ago, a similar case that was accidental or at least we believed at the time to be accidental," said Bruce Roney, the executive director of the Ottawa Humane Society.
"This is not believed to be accidental."
Paquette's daughter said the family had no comment when CBC News visited their home on Monday.