Ryder the abused Labrador who was found in a Surrey basement is recovering. The resilient dog has also been reunited with his owner, Ryan Westaway.
The three-year-old black Labrador went missing from his family’s yard on Valentine’s Day. The family searched in vain and it is suspected the dog was kidnapped.
Ryan said he’s amazed by his Labrador Retriever’s resilience.
Ryder was delighted to see his owner during a visit at the animal hospital. There were lots of cuddles and tail wagging going on.
The Labrador is expected to make a full recovery.
The 24-year-old woman who committed the atrocities against was apprehended under the Mental Health Act and has been sent for psychological assessment.
The BCSPCA’s Eileen Drever said an investigation will wrap up this week and a recommendation of charges may be forwarded to Crown Counsel.
It appears that she abused the dog in front of her four-year-old daughter who is now in government care.
The woman was caught after Surrey Mounties received a call from a landlord, who said his blood-soaked tenant came to the door and claimed she had been attacked by a dog.
When they arrived on the scene evidence showed quite the opposite. The woman was indeed covered in blood, but it was not her own – it was the Labrador’s blood from wounds that she had inflicted on the dog.
In addition to stabbing the animal several times, she bound the dog with electrical cord, tortured him by forcing objects into all his crevices and tried to poison him by force-feeding raisins.
The community has rallied behind Ryder and raised in excess of $30,000 for expenses and care.
The Surrey RCMP separately raised more than $1,000 for the dog.
Any funds raised beyond the cost of his care will be donated to the BCSPCA.
Get well soon Ryder!
Article and image source: Surry Leader