Willow the husky was little more than a skeleton when she was rescued by the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Animals last year. Too weak to stand on her own, the abandoned animal had nothing but rocks and dirt in her stomach, which rescuers believe she ate in a desperate attempt to fill her stomach.
Given a body assessment test, Willow ranked a mere one — the lowest score possible.
The owner who abandoned Willow — student Yu Lin of Simon Fraser University — now faces two counts of animal cruelty with a maximum penalty of two years in jail and a $75,000 fine.
“This wasn’t a situation of finances, intelligence, and ability,” said Marcie Moriarty of the B.C. SCPA. “It’s just neglect and cruelty.”
“He has clearly demonstrated a lack of ability to care for an animal,” she added.
Since her rescue, Willow has put on 20 pounds, and is reportedly a cheerful animal who enjoys swimming and riding in cars. She’s also an award winner: Willow nabbed the prize for animal courage at the 2015 B.C. SPCA awards.