Man accused of choking dog

CORNWALL – A Cornwall man is facing an animal cruelty charge after a dog was allegedly choked late last week.

But a medical examiner’s report concludes the dog did not have any evidence of abuse when examined Sunday (May 13).

Cornwall police spokesman Stephanie MacRae tells Cornwall Newswatch the police were called on Friday (May 11) by a neighbour after hearing the commotion next door on Gloucester Street.

Tyrone Lamoureux, 31, was arrested on Saturday (May 12) and is facing one count of injuring an animal.

The local SCPA office has been advised and will be doing a wellbeing checkup on the black-and-white smaller breed dog, MacRae explained.

Lamoureux shared the veterinary examination report with Cornwall Newswatch. In the report, dated May 13, the examiner notes that the “nice dog,” Quark, was having issues with eating a prescribed diet.

“Per owner, acquired in December 2017 from an abusive home. Has never been aggressive towards anyone to owner’s knowledge. Good with the children in the household,” the report states.

The person conducting the exam notes the dog was wary at first but warmed up to them and “was able to touch all over body without concern. At no time did Quark seem uncomfortable, lift his lips, growl or bark.”

The examiner concludes that there should be some food changes and some restriction to cat food in the house but otherwise “no evidence of pain or abuse.”

“Today has been a nightmare,” Lamoureux told CNW.

He will be in a Cornwall court on June 19 to answer to the charge.