**** HRP Media Release
Police charge woman in relation to incident involving mistreatment of dog
Police have charged a woman in relation to an incident involving mistreatment of a dog that occurred last week in Dartmouth.
On July 1 at approximately 5:30 p.m. officers were called to the 600 block of Windmill Road regarding a physical altercation taking place between a group of women. The involved parties did not wish to pursue charges at the time. There were initial reports of a dog being involved but the extent was not clear at the time. Officers checked on two dogs in one vehicle while at the scene and they appeared to be in good health.
On July 6, Halifax Regional Police initiated an investigation after becoming aware of a video of the incident circulating on social media depicting the mistreatment of one of the dogs by a woman who is not the dog’s owner.
Today at approximately 8 a.m. investigators arrested the woman without incident at an address in Dartmouth. Clarissa Angela Crawley, 27, of Dartmouth, is scheduled to appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court today to face charges of assault with a weapon and willfully causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
Investigators believe there may be other witness to the incident who have not yet spoken with police. Anyone with information about the incident or video from the area at the time of the incident is asked to call police at 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or using the P3 Tips App.