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Charges dropped against couple in dog’s death

Doug Mitchell and Marlene Finlayson, who were charged with the 2016 death of a dog in Northwood, have had the charges of killing an animal dropped.
Thunder Bay Courthouse (Matt Vis,

THUNDER BAY - Charges against a Thunder Bay man and woman accused of killing a dog in 2016 have been dropped. 

Doug Mitchell and Marlene Finlayson were charged with killing an animal in October 2016 following an investigation by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals after a dog was found dead in the Northwood area one month earlier. 

The dog's death was determined to be suspicious after the Ontario SPCA conducted post-mortem examination. 

The Ontario SPCA agents, with the assistance of the Thunder Bay Police Service, executed a warrant of the residence where Mitchell and Finlayson were living and the pair were later arrested and charged. 

The dog became known as Karma and the cause was taken up by local advocates, who held protests during previous court appearances.

The charges were withdrawn in court on April 10.