Peel Regional Police have laid charges against a man, after a dog was injured while being dragged alongside a moving vehicle.

On Wednesday, August 4, at approximately 4 p.m., multiple calls were received by Peel police, after witnesses observed a small dog being dragged with a leash, by the driver of a vehicle in the area of Winston Churchill Boulevard and Destination Drive in Mississauga.

Police said that several concerned citizens were able to stop the vehicle, at which point the driver dropped the leash and fled the area in his vehicle. The dog was transported to an emergency vet hospital in Oakville by Mississauga Animal Services, where it received treatment for the injuries it received.

Officers were able to locate the vehicle and driver at a Mississauga residence, and subsequently took him into custody. As a result of further investigation, 70-year-old Jose Tavares from Mississauga has been charged with Injuring an Animal, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose and Impaired Operation of a Conveyance.

The dog, a 7-month-old Pomeranian named Sky is expected to make a full recovery from the physical injuries it sustained, police said in a statement issued on Thursday. The veterinary hospital that is currently treating Sky has received countless offers of financial donations but are not in a position to accept donations.

The investigation is ongoing and witnesses or anyone with video footage of the incident is asked to contact investigators with the 11 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at 905-453–2121, extension 1133. Anonymous information may also be submitted by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.

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