Hope the dog was found tied to a tree in critical condition in May. (Submitted photo)

Timothy makes 1st court appearance in animal cruelty case

Chemainus man charged with animal cruelty in Hope the dog case

Kevin Timothy of Chemainus will appear again in a Duncan courtroom on Jan. 21 where he is expected to make a plea to the animal cruelty charge against him.

Timothy was the owner of a one-year-old female German Shepherd called Hope until last May when the BC SPCA took custody of the animal after she was discovered in critical condition tied to a tree.

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He made his first court appearance in Duncan on Dec. 17 where it was decided he would consult with legal counsel and consider a plea in preparation for his court date on Jan. 21.

Timothy faces up to two years in jail, a maximum $75,000 fine and up to a lifetime ban on owning animals if convicted.

There were just a handful of protesters at hand at Timothy’s court date on Tuesday, compared to dozens who were on hand for the recently concluded Teddy the dog trial, but they said they would be back in force for Timothy’s trial, if one is called.

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“Word is getting out on social media and protests will escalate as this case goes through the court system,” said Lori Tkach.

“This is just the beginning.”

When taken into custody, the dog was suffering from emaciation, dehydration, extreme muscle wasting and a deep, severe neck wound.

The cable Hope was tied to the tree with was tied so tightly that her face was pressed to the tree and she could not lay down or move, and the cable was deeply embedded into her neck, causing such a massive wound that her jugular vein and trachea were exposed.

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Following multiple surgeries and months of treatment and care, Hope was adopted by one of her caregivers at the veterinary hospital where she was treated.

She is reported to be happy and healthy in her new home.



robert.barron@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

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