VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The owner of a German Shepherd found beaten in a Kitsilano dumpster has been charged with animal cruelty.

If convicted, Brian Whitlock, 26, could spend up to five years in jail. He will appear in court later this week.

Two-year-old ‘Captain’ had critical injuries when he was found in July of this year. He had lacerations and massive bruising to his head and body. The BC SPCA says the dog had extreme neurological and spinal damage. He died the next day.

“It is absolutely heartbreaking to think of the suffering that this dog experienced — it’s beyond comprehension,” says Lorie Chortyk with the BC SPCA.

“Seeing the image of that poor dog really cuts through the hearts of a lot of people,” adds Chortyk. “We do 7,000 cases of animal cruelty a year and each case is heartbreaking to us… but this particular case really seemed to draw a lot of public concern and outrage.”