British Columbia

Joseph White sentenced to 6 months in jail for beating dog with baseball bat

A Victoria-area man, who beat a dog with a baseball bat until it could barely walk, has been sentenced to six months in jail and banned from owning animals for 10 years.

Colwood, B.C. resident has also been banned from owning pets for 10 years

Bryn the dog was left with serious injuries after she was severely beaten by a Comox, B.C. man. (CHEK)

A Victoria-area man, who beat a dog with a baseball bat until it could barely walk, has been sentenced to six months in jail and banned from owning animals for 10 years.

Joseph White of Colwood was convicted of causing unnecessary pain and suffering to an animal and failing to provide the necessities of life.

The B.C. SPCA's senior manager of cruelty Shawn Eccles says White adopted the dog from the agency in April 2013 and a year later said it was too aggressive

Eccles says that when White brought the dog back to a shelter, it was unable to move because of multiple injuries, leading to an investigation.

The SPCA's chief prevention officer Marcie Moriarty says the female pit bull mix named Bryn had injuries to her legs, torso, head and teeth and needed months of rehabilitation before she could walk.

Moriarty says the gentle and affectionate dog has been adopted by another family.

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