Dog dies after being dragged behind vehicle, charges laid

SPCA release:

Hugh Matthews, 34, from Marion Bridge, has been charged with causing distress to an animal, contrary to section 26(1) of the Animal Protection Act of Nova Scotia.

On August 25, SPCA Enforcement Officers responded to a request from the Cape Breton Regional Police, after reports of a dog tethered to a truck being driven in Marion Bridge. The dog was later pronounced deceased.

Matthews is scheduled to appear in Sydney Provincial Court on October 27, 2023.

The Nova Scotia SPCA has a zero-tolerance policy for animal cruelty and neglect. You can report acts of animal cruelty by calling the SPCA toll-free at 1-888-703-7722, e-mailing, or filling out the online form at All concerns and complaints are kept confidential.

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