Artyom Goncharuk, 27, has been charged with animal cruelty after his 3-year-old Pomeranian was found dead in his home in Richmond last September.
A BC SPCA investigation revealed the pup named Kaylly had been stabbed 61 times. “The necropsy results show that an extremely disturbing level of violence was inflicted on this poor dog,” said the chief of prevention and enforcement officer for the BC SPCA Marcie Moriarty.
Goncharuk is now facing up to 5 years in jail, a fine of up to $75,000, and a lifetime ban on owning pets.
“Thank goodness that these types of situations involving this level of violence are few and far between,” said Moriarty.
“We investigate up to 8,000 complaints a year of animals in neglect and while, unfortunately, I’ve seen cases like this in the past, they are the exception rather than the rule.”
Goncharuk was released on bail ans is expected to appear in court on 7 April.