JUSTICE FOR DIESEL

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DIESEL'S STORY

In 2015, Kyle Springer walked away from a home he was renting at the time in of Summerville, New Brunswick. He left behind his dog Diesel (pictured here), in the home he left. Kyle Springer did not return but apparently disappeared.

Diesel's remains were discovered sometime later by the landlord's daughter, Erin McCormick, when she went to check the apartment after Mr. Springer had failed to pay rent. Animal Cruelty agents together with the RCMP estimate that Diesel had been alone in the apartment without food for at least 2 months, and that he had died approximately 3 days before Erin McCormick had found him.

There was a considerable amount of garbage, feces and urine in the apartment. Household items and clothing that had been left behind, were found strewn about in every room. Diesel likely spent many hours going through items in search of food. There were no food or water bowls found in the home, but a bag of dog food was later found in a cupboard by the landlord for the premises. The toilet was empty of water. It was reported in court that there were remnants of a plastic grocery bag and 3 pieces of cushion foam found in Diesel's stomach.

It is incredibly heartbreaking and incomprehensible how anyone could leave an innocent animal behind without food or care to fend for itself.  Diesel was abandoned and ultimately suffered a slow and agonizing death through starvation.

Animal cruelty, abuse and neglect continues to be a serious problem in this country. This includes the malicious, deliberate act of maiming, injuring and/or torture of innocent animals, abandonment, and failure to provide proper care that often leads to serious injury and death for domestic pets and wildlife.

With the support of individuals, communities and animal welfare agencies, we can help to prevent animal cruelty, abuse and neglect by educating the public that animal lives matter. That animals must be afforded the same humane treatment that humans receive. By ensuring that our laws are adequate and effective in providing strong protections for animal health, welfare and treatment.

Kyle Springer was charged in 2015 with willfully and without lawful excuse causing suffering to a dog (Diesel) in leaving him unattended in his residence to starve to death. An arrest warrant was issued for Kyle Springer in 2015, but he could not be located by authorities. It is believed that Springer fled the province. In November 2018, following a tip through Crime Stoppers, RCMP were able to make an arrest and Kyle Springer appeared in a Woodstock, NB courtroom where he plead guilty to the charges against him.

UPDATE : According to court documents, Kyle Springer is scheduled to appear in a Woodstock, NB courtroom on January 8th, 2019, to enter a plea.

UPDATE : On January 8th, 2019, Kyle Springer pled guilty to criminal code charges of Animal Cruelty. He will be sentenced on April 9th, 2019. He faces a fine not exceeding $10,000 or up to 18 months in prison, or a combination of both. 

What this petition is asking for :

We the undersigned, respectfully request that the Crown Attorney for the province of New Brunswick, Canada, proceed with the charges against Kyle Springer as indictable offences for the crime of animal neglect and abandonment in 2015. If Mr. Springer is convicted we recommend that the maximum sentence be imposed. We are also requesting that sentencing against Mr. Springer include a lifetime ban on owning, having the custody or control of or residing in the same premises as any animal or a bird.

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LINKS TO MEDIA REPORTS 

CTV ATLANTIC - https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/death-of-abandoned-dog-spurs-calls-for-stronger-animal-protection-laws-1.2197997?fbclid=IwAR1zY7CPhFwgQkN3gF7Cu9siC92_1RBJTzU9jrjIYCFKujglH8Kj5enNJa0

CBC - https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/kyle-springer-animal-abuse-dog-death-locked-home-1.4970582