A man is facing multiple charges after a puppy was dragged on a leash by a moving car in Mississauga, police say, but the seven-month-old Pomeranian named Sky is expected to make a full recovery.
Peel Regional Police were called to the area of Winston Churchill Boulevard and Destination Drive just after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, when witnesses said they spotted the small dog being pulled by the vehicle.
Police said witnesses managed to stop the vehicle, but when they tried to rescue the white-furred dog, the driver started waving a knife at them. The puppy was taken to an emergency veterinary clinic after the driver of the vehicle left the animal on the road and fled.
The 70-year-old driver was located along with the vehicle at a Mississauga residence. He now faces charges of injuring an animal, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and impaired operation of a conveyance.
Police say the veterinary hospital that is currently treating Sky has received "countless offers of financial donations" but it is not in a position to accept them.
"Instead, we ask that you consider donating to your local humane society to support their programs and initiatives," police said in a news release.
In a tweet, police thanked the "kind hearted citizens that rescued this poor animal."
Police are asking any witnesses with further information to contact 11 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at 905-453-3311 ext. 1133.