On January 24, 2022, members of the North Bay Police Service arrested and charged a 32-year old South River man in relation to dangerous driving and animal cruelty offenses.
The accused in this incident is a 32 year old male from South River, who is charged with:
- One count of Dangerous Operation
- One count of Cruelty to animals – unnecessary pain, suffering or injury
Members of the North Bay Police Service responded to multiple complaints that, on January 21, 2022, the accused was observed operating his motor vehicle in a dangerous manner in the parking lot of a business on Lakeshore Drive, North Bay.
The accused is alleged to have been driving in circles at a high rate of speed (i.e. “doing donuts”) in his pickup truck while a dog was present in the bed of the truck. It is alleged that, at one point during the dangerous driving, the dog was thrown from the bed of the truck.
On January 24, 2022, the North Bay Police Service with assistance from the Ontario Provincial Police identified the driver of the vehicle, arrested and charged him.
Animal Welfare Services is investigating the incident further to identify and assess any potential injuries the dog may have sustained as a result of the incident.
The accused was released on an Undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the North Bay Courthouse on March 1, 2022.
The North Bay Police Service would like to thank the Ontario Provincial Police and Animal Welfare Services for their partnership and assistance in this matter.