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Woman seen abusing dog on subway charged; animal in care of OSPCA

NEWS STAFF | posted Friday, Aug 11th, 2017

An OSPCA animal care staff member with the Chinese Crested-type dog. OSPCA
The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA), along with Toronto police, have arrested and charged a 37-year-old woman after a video surfaced of her mistreating her Chinese Crested-type dog on the subway.

Teresa Rutledge has been charged with willfully permit pain and suffering of an animal. She’s scheduled to appear in court on October 11, 2017.

After police notified the OSPCA, an investigation was started and a warrant was obtained to seize the dog from the woman.

The dog has since been in the care of the OSPCA and from pictures they released Thursday, seems to be in good health and high spirits.

An OSPCA animal care staff member with the Chinese Crested-type dog rescued from a 37-year old woman. OSPCA

“We are grateful for the public coming forward with this evidence that allowed us to conduct this investigation,” said Connie Mallory, chief Inspector of the Ontario SPCA.

However, she added that the video evidence was only one part of the investigation.

The charges laid against the Rutledge and the legal removal of the dog were not based solely on the video, but rather on a full and thorough investigation

Rutledge also faces one count of causing distress to an animal under the Ontario SPCA Act.

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