Pitbull allegedly abused by Esquimalt man

08/23/2013 04:26 EDT | Updated 10/23/2013 05:12 EDT
An Esquimalt man who was convicted of animal abuse four years ago is facing more animal abuse charges.

SPCA Const. Lyndsay Bailey says Hubert Henry allegedly left a one-year-old female pitbull tethered to his truck without food, water or shelter last May.

In 2009, Henry received a $300-fine for the same offence against two other pitbulls.

A more severe sentence could be imposed this time around, Bailey said.

"The difference is, this time the Crown approved a Criminal Code charge. So hopefully, due to the past that he obviously didn't learn his lesson, hopefully that if found guilty, the punishment will fit the crime," she said.

A conviction under the Criminal Code could result in a fine of up to $75,000, five years in jail and a ban on owning animals.

Bailey said all three of Henry's former pit bulls have since been adopted.