Dead dog found weighted down in river

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Animal had rope tied to neck, rock on other end

The body of a dead male dog was found floating in the Terra Nova River Thursday morning. This rock was hanging from a rope tied around the neck the animal, believed to be a beagle mix.— Submitted photos

The Gander and Area SPCA is asking the public to help Glovertown RCMP learn more about how a dog with a heavy rock hanging from its neck ended up in the Terra Nova River.

“Somebody had to put thought into doing this, and to throw this dog over and then turn and walk away from it, hearing this dog thrashing in the water — that’s disturbing,” said local SPCA manager Bonnie Harris.

According to Harris, the SPCA received a call Thursday morning after the dog’s body was found floating in the river near the E.S. Spencer Bridge. While the body was close to a riverbank, Harris said the presence of mud made the use of a boat necessary to retrieve the dead dog.

“You could actually see the rock tied on to the rope that was tied on to the dog’s neck,” she said. “Looking at what we were seeing — and it was pretty grotesque — the rope was extremely tight to the point that I made the comment, ‘I wonder if the dog drowned, or did it choke?’”

However, Harris said the dog’s body was bloated when it was found, which may have made the rope appear to be more tightly wrapped around the neck than it actually was.

The rock weighed 12 pounds. Harris said the body had not begun to decompose, and added it will be sent to St. John’s for an autopsy.

Its age is estimated to be between one and three years old. The male dog, believed to be a beagle mix, has mostly black fur, with some brown fur under its neck, around the eyes and on its legs.

“Somebody must know somebody who had a dog at one point, and all of a sudden this dog is now no longer there,” said Harris.

There have been additional cases of intentional drownings in recent years, she said. In one instance, a dog tied to a rock was spotted in a pond and managed to survive the ordeal.

That dog’s owner was charged with failing to provide medical care, but no other charges were laid due to a lack of evidence relating to the dog’s appearance in the pond, said Harris.

In another case, more than a dozen kittens were found in a five-gallon bucket of water.

“I know they say years ago they used to drown puppies and kittens, but I can’t see how somebody can do this intentionally,” she said.

“They had to put the thought into putting this rock in three bags and tying a rope onto it and tying this rope around the dog’s neck.”

Harris said people who can no longer take care of an animal should bring them to a local shelter. If the shelter cannot accept the animal and the owner is adamant they can no longer look after it, she recommends taking it to a veterinarian to have it humanely euthanized.

“And I don’t condone any of this, but for God’s sakes, if they had let the dog off loose, at least it would have had a chance that somebody may have found it. There are so many other ways that are less cruel and disturbing than what was done with this dog.”

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Geographic location: Terra Nova River

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Recent comments

  • Cassandra
    July 16, 2012 - 16:08

    TO DAVID: any person who blames an entire race or group of people for something that a few individuals have done is a moron. It shows that you are a hateful, ignorant, and intolerant person, and that is the most dangerous type of person. I am a Newfoundlander, a Mom, and an animal lover. I am also educated, a business owner, and I am appalled that anyone can blame an entire province for any one persons actions.

  • Kay
    July 08, 2012 - 13:19

    There is something seriously wrong with a person who would do this. Someone out there will hopefully come forward with information to identify the person. As the article said, there are options out there if you cannot care for your animal.

  • stephen
    July 08, 2012 - 13:11

    Someone knows who did this,and if they have a conscience,they will fess up. These things happen all across Canada daily,and the laws are not strong enough to deter animal abuse. There are lots of idiots in Nfld as well as the rest of Canda that should not even be allowed to reproduce,let along own an animal. I know most Nflders and people all over Canada dearly love their family pets,its just the backward, hillbilly types that make other people look bad. Normal decent folk don,t do these assinine things, emphasis on the ass part.

    • Robyn
      July 11, 2012 - 18:21

      It's happening all over the world Stephen.... not far from where I live here near Myrtle Beach someone duct taped 3 dogs.... their legs & muzzles..& threw them into a canal.... 1 dog was rescued but the other 2 were found dead.... what is the world coming to? Then there's Lennox :-( how sad

  • Ann
    July 08, 2012 - 10:37

    I am appalled that such things still go on. Penalties much be much more severe to deter the sickos out there from getting their kicks out of torturing those that cannot fend for themselves. Very sad commentary on our society.

  • dar
    July 08, 2012 - 00:38

    This is just sick, and happens way too often. Too many animals suffer in our hands. Also maybe it's time for governments to pitch in on subsidising costs associated with neutering and so forth because way too many animals are suffering.. So sad. it's bad enough to just leave an animal but than to torture in such a manner. I feel sorry for that person cause they must be awfully miserable on the inside.. not that sorry though.

    July 07, 2012 - 13:34

    WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND DID THIS ? if the person/persons responsible for this are caught and i hope they are, they are punished, but wait a minute what am i saying. that old mickey mouse justice system and that hug-a-thug phoney liberal charter of rights and freedoms will set them free. all those die-heart liberals out there will cry foul and say its cruel to put an criminal away for killing a dog.

  • NLFringe
    July 07, 2012 - 11:58

    DAVID...really?! My heart goes out to the poor dog. To the soul-less person that did the deed, that was easier and or cheaper then either giving away the dog or paying a vet to put it to sleep...really??! Witness the decay of society...we are the next lost civilzation folks

    • David
      July 09, 2012 - 08:48

      It makes you fell beter to cast a wider net, and blame "Civilization".....but that's just convenient spin. This is a Newfoundlander. This is the place where drunk driving is a lifestyle, where poaching is second nature, where bullying is not just a sport of chidren, where tormenting one's neihbour can be a passionate hobby. If pitying New Yorkers or Torontonians instead of having to saee and admit what incredible, anti-social selfishness exists here, go ahead. That communal lie has obviously worked so well to this point.

  • David
    July 07, 2012 - 09:36

    Salt of the Earth...yeah, right. Pure bunk, myths and lies for the tourists.

    • JDN
      July 08, 2012 - 12:30

      so David apparently doesn't actually know any NFers, if so, he'd know we don't all act this way, just like we all kill seals and we all eat fish..I don't do either. Every single town in Canada has had a happening like this or something similar, not only is it disgusting, it shows the character of the PERSON to be someone that we shouldn't admit is a NFer and I know Mrs Harris personally, she'll find out who it was. All that being said, it's heartbreaking news, somebody knows something and it will be discovered, even if it is to get a slap on the hand and be called a badboy.

    • David
      July 09, 2012 - 08:36

      I know too many. You may take comfort in denying what pure, heartless evil and meantl wasteland surrounds you, but I don't.