Two suspects have been charged after police say a dog was dragged by a car  in Welland for almost a kilometre.

Calls were received last Thursday by Niagara Regional Police which stated that a dachshund-beagle mix had been dragged about 800 metres before the car struck another vehicle.  Police called the dog’s injuries “traumatic ” but it was rushed to a nearby veterinarian and expected to recover.

Investigators say the dog’s leash had been attached to the passenger side door, and that it broke just before the car collided with another vehicle.

Several witnesses apparently tried to alert the occupants of the car to what was happening, but with no success.

Police say Cassandra McKay, 42, and Gary Dewilde, 47, both of Fort Erie, Ont. are each charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a dog and causing injury by wilful neglect to a dog. The two are due in court March, 29 to face the allegations.

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