Calgary Police Lay Charges in Animal Cruelty Death

April 2nd, 2015

Calgary, AB — Immediate Release

The Calgary Police Service has charged a man in relation to a dog death in late March, following a joint investigation with the Calgary Humane Society.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., on Monday, March 23, 2015, police were called to a residence in the 1400 block of Richland Road N.E., after a dog that lived there was found dead and buried in the back yard. A necropsy performed by the Calgary Humane Society confirmed that the dog had injuries consistent with being beaten, and the cause of death was a deep cut on the animal’s neck.

The dog’s name was Chevy and he was a border collie/chocolate lab mixed-breed.

It is believed that as part of a dispute between two people living at the residence, the dog was taken from a locked area, badly beaten and killed with a knife, then buried in the backyard. Police believe this was a targeted attack and that there was no danger to any other animals in the community as a result of this incident.

Robert Malcom NICHOLSON, age 34, of Calgary, is charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with breaking and entering, mischief to property, obstruction of justice, killing an animal without lawful excuse and causing unnecessary suffering to an animal. He has also been charged under the Alberta Animal Protection Act with causing an animal to be in distress.


Wiggles & Co: Week 5


Wiggles & Co

Wiggles came into the CHS as a transfer from a rescue in the Yukon – young, scared and pregnant. Knowing the best environment for a mama dog to give birth and raise puppies is in a home situation, our Foster Coordinator quickly began her search for the perfect temporary home for the small white dog. Long-time foster parent Susan (and occasional CHS blog contributor!) offered her home and will be caring for the pooch family for the next several weeks. She will be documenting her foster adventure in a weekly series, Wiggles & Co. Check out Wiggle’s first, second, third and fourth weeks in foster! 

Puppies can scream!

They were two weeks old on a Thursday.  By Friday night Wiggles and I were cowering together on the couch behind the whelping box.  What has happened here?  Who are these banshees?  The day before they were making cute little grunts and growls….oh what a difference a day makes.  Wiggles and I would both carefully check each screaming pup to have them just fall asleep on us – nothing appeared wrong with any of them – they were just discovering their vocal chords. (more…)