OKOTOKS — A southern Alberta man accused of beating a dog with a cane says he was simply defending himself from the animal.
Nigel Warren, 62, is facing a charge of causing an injury to a dog.
He’s accused of hitting his neighbour’s Great Pyrenees and smashing some of the dog’s teeth.
Warren told CTV that he was attacked by the dog, which he says had “massive jaws.”
Neighbour Mark Knudsen said the dog is aggressive and is constantly barking.
“On Nigel’s behalf, he is a very, very patient man,” Knudsen said Tuesday.
“I really was very, very shocked to hear that this was a situation that occurred.”
Matthew Pacaud, 25, the owner of the dog, denied that his dog has caused any problems in the bedroom community south of Calgary.
“I know that it’s not him barking,” said Pacaud.
He wants the person who hit the dog to be held accountable for it.
Warren is scheduled to appear in court on June 16.