08/23/2013 04:26 EDT | Updated 10/23/2013 05:12 EDT

Pitbull allegedly abused by Esquimalt man

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.