Petition "speaking" for Teddy

One of the worst cases of animal abuse the province has seen has now sparked a petition calling for the book to be thrown at the owners of a dog that died two days after being rescued from a Vancouver Island home.

The petition says, "Teddy needs you to be his voice!"

Teddy was found starving, chained, his collar embedded into his infected neck, and his head swollen to twice its normal size.

The B.C. SPCA called his abuse and torture "profoundly shocking." Teddy died two days after authorities seized him from his cruel owners.

A petition is calling for Crown Council and Cowichan Valley MLA Doug Routley to ask that the maximum penalty is imposed on Anderson Joe and Melissa Tooshley for their horrific act of animal abuse.

If convicted, Joe and Tooshley face a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison, a $10,000 fine and up to a lifetime ban on owning animals.

As difficult as the pictures of Teddy are to look at for most people the petition authors, Care2 Petitions pleads with you to "read Teddy's story and help us reach as many people as possible by signing and sharing this petition."

As of Tuesday morning, the petition had almost reached its goal of 50,000 signatures, almost 20,000 of which are from across Canada.
"This is one of the most profoundly shocking and disturbing cases of abuse we have ever witnessed," said Marcie Moriarty, chief prevention and enforcement officer for the BC SPCA.

Despite extensive emergency treatment and around the clock care, the dog succumbed to his critical condition two days later.

“This kind of appalling neglect and cruelty is sickening and absolutely unacceptable in our society,” says Moriarty.

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