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B.C. couple face charges after emaciated dog rescued by SPCA

Marcie Moriarty of the B.C. SPCA speaks to the media outside Provincial Court on June 12, 2013.

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Charges of animal cruelty have been laid against a Vancouver Island couple after an emaciated and shivering shepherd-cross dog was found near death on the porch of their Port Hardy-area home.

The B.C. SPCA says 18-month-old Molly was near death and needed life-saving veterinary care when RCMP in Port Hardy were alerted to her condition on Nov. 25.

Marcie Moriarty, B.C. SPCA chief prevention and enforcement officer, says the dog weighed just 12.2 kilograms and her collar was deeply embedded in her neck.

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Since then, Moriarty says Molly has gained more than six kilograms while in foster care, but at 18.8 kilograms she is still too thin and can't be moved to her waiting permanent home until she is stronger.

SPCA spokeswoman Lorie Chortyk confirms Rupert Wilson and Crystal Bee each face charges of causing unnecessary pain and suffering to an animal and causing injury to an animal.

A next court date for the pair has not been set.

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