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South River man charged with 'cruelty to animals'

At one point during the dangerous driving, the dog was thrown from the bed of the truck
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North Bay police cruiser.

North Bay police have charged a South River man after witnesses saw him drive his truck in a "dangerous manner" which caused his dog to be flung from the truck bed.

Officers responded to multiple complaints that, on Friday, January 21, the accused was seen operating his motor vehicle in a dangerous manner in the parking lot of a business on Lakeshore Drive.

"The accused is alleged to have been driving in circles at a high rate of speed, doing donuts in his pickup truck while a dog was present in the bed of the truck," says police spokesman David Woolley.."It is alleged that at one point during the dangerous driving, the dog was thrown from the bed of the truck."

On January 24 the North Bay Police Service with assistance from the OPP identified the driver, arrested and charged him.

Animal Welfare Services is investigating the incident further to identify and assess any potential injuries the dog may have sustained as a result of the event.

Police have only identified him as a 32 year old male from South River.

He is charged with "dangerous Operation" and "cruelty to animals – unnecessary pain, suffering or injury."

The man was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the North Bay Courthouse on March 1.

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