A Vancouver Island woman is being accused of animal cruelty after a small dog belonging to the accused’s grandmother was allegedly beaten to death.
The BC SPCA’s senior animal protection officer Tina Heary says the seven-year-old teacup Chihuahua Bianca suffered horrific injuries in an April incident.
“Absolutely it’s disturbing; as people can envision a little teacup Chihuahua, I mean that’s a tiny, frail little dog. And the nature of this physical abuse was horrendous,” she said.
Heary says Kylie Nikkels of Courtenay was left alone in the home with the dog, which belonged to her grandmother.
It suffered severe hemorrhaging, a crushed skull and chest, and eventually had to be euthanized.
Nikkels is facing two counts of animal cruelty and will make her first court appearance next week.