Woman arrested after throwing her dogs into campfire

The burned dog 
By: David Ross 

A cruel woman was caught throwing her dogs into a raging fire.

An Alberta woman is facing charges of animal cruelty after police said she threw two dogs into a campfire last month.

The remains of a dog were found in the fire on July 7. Police said the other dog seemed to have escaped to the woods, but likely died of its wounds.

Police said Debra Holden, 53, of Fort St. John, Alta., was drunk when they arrived at the camp to take her into custody.

She has since been charged with two counts of injuring or endangering animals, and two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to animals. The remains of the dog were sent to Saskatchewan for examination.

"It would be similar to an autopsy and basically what we're trying to do is determine the cause of death," said the corporal Roy Kennedy of official relations. "Maybe we will be able to determine whether the animal was dead before being thrown into the fire," he said.

Kennedy said police were reluctant to reveal the details of the case for fear of public reaction.
"Pet owners can be very passionate and it is a very small community. We’re worried about the backlash, and the person would be in danger," said Kennedy.

Holden was released on bail with numerous conditions that include not owning any dogs. She has a court date scheduled when she is expected to enter a plea.



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