An employee of the Fort McMurray SPCA (FMSPCA) is being charged for causing unnecessary suffering to a dog.
On Aug. 18, 2018 around 5:15 p.m. Wood buffalo RCMP responded to a complaint call regarding animal abuse at the regions only animal shelter after a social media post and the FMSPCA themselves alerted them.
The social media post said a dog had been hit on the head with a closed fist several times and as a result of the investigating the RCMP arrested 27 year-old Lesleigh Russell.
In a statement Arianna Johnson, executive director of the FMSPCA, stated that the employee has been suspended from work.
“We are deeply committed to our mission of making a difference and saving lives; we will continue to strive to achieve our vision to ensure every animal is treated through dignity and respect in all communities within our region,” said Johnson. “The safety, well-being, health and happiness of every animal in our region, and particularly those in care in our facility, is our paramount concern.”
Russell will appear in court on Dec. 5, 2018.