Woman, 24, charged with animal cruelty in ‘horrific’ animal attack in Surrey

Lindsey Hirtreiter faces two counts of animal cruelty after allegedly attacking three-year-old Ryder the Labrador

  • Aug. 18, 2015 7:00 a.m.

A three-year-old black Labrador retriever that was found badly abused in a Surrey basement suite over the weekend is on the mend.

SURREY — A 24-year-old woman who allegedly attacked a three-year-old Labrador retriever last Valentine’s Day has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty following a BC SPCA investigation.

If convicted the woman, Lindsey Hirtreiter, would face a maximum fine of $75,000, up to two years in jail and up to a lifetime ban on owninganimals.

Ryder went missing from his owner’s home in Chimney Heights in mid-February and was later found in a nearby basement suite.

The woman was covered in blood and told her landlord she had been attacked by a dog. A four-year-old girl inside the suite was removed bythe Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Police say it was clear the dog had not attacked her and Hirtreiter wasarrested under the Mental Health Act and sent for a psych assessment.

At the vet it was determined the dog had been repeatedly stabbed,forcefully fed jewelry and rings had been stuffed into his eyes.

A lighter was found in his stomach.

CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT RYDER’S ROAD TO RECOVERY.

Ryder received life-saving veterinary treatment, including specialized

care for a puncture wound to his eye and cuts to the back of his throat.

Senior animal prevention officer for the SPCA Eileen Drever called the attack “absolutely horrific.”

She said the organization is “extremely pleased” charges have been laid.

“No animal should have to go through the pain and suffering that this poor dog endured.”

amy.reid@thenownewspaper.com

SURREY — A 24-year-old woman who allegedly attacked a three-year-old Labrador retriever last Valentine’s Day has been charged with two counts of

animal cruelty following a BC SPCA investigation.

 

If convicted the woman, Lindsey Hirtreiter, would face a maximum fine of $75,000, up to two years in jail and up to a lifetime ban on owning

animals.

 

Ryder went missing from his owner’s home in Chimney Heights in mid-February and was later found in a nearby basement suite.

 

The woman was covered in blood and told her landlord she had been attacked by a dog. A four-year-old girl inside the suite was removed by

the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

 

Police say it was clear the dog had not attacked her and Hirtreiter was

arrested under the Mental Health Act and sent for a psych assessment.

 

At the vet it was determined the dog had been repeatedly stabbed,

forcefully fed jewelry and rings had been stuffed into his eyes.

 

A lighter was found in his stomach.

 

CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT RYDER’S ROAD TO RECOVERY.

Ryder received life-saving veterinary treatment, including specialized

care for a puncture wound to his eye and cuts to the back of his throat.

 

Senior animal prevention officer for the SPCA Eileen Drever called the attack “absolutely horrific.”

 

She said the organization is “extremely pleased” charges have been laid.

 

“No animal should have to go through the pain and suffering that this poor dog endured.”

 

amy.reid@thenownewspaper.com

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