In May, a Canadian dog walker claimed six dogs in her care were stolen from her truck at a dog park in Vancouver—the dogs were found in a ditch a week later. CBC now reports that Emma Paulsen has been charged with dumping the dogs in the ditch herself after they died in her truck; a necropsy confirmed heatstroke, adds the Vancouver Sun. "I know they suffered, and that's the part that, to this day, I still get sad about," one owner, whose dog Buddy died, tells CTV News.
Paulsen now faces six "charges under pretty much every single possible section of animal cruelty that could have been in this particular case," an SPCA official tells the Global News, including two counts of causing an animal to continue to be in distress—which has never been charged in British Columbia. She could face jail time and stiff penalties; the distress charges carry a $75,000 fine each. (Read more animal cruelty stories.)