TC Media, Carbonear — Police are describing the conditions under which two beagles were being housed in Bay Roberts as “inadequate,” and suspect one of the animals likely died because of exposure to cold temperatures.
Officers with the Trinity Conception District RCMP visited the residential property today (Jan. 28) after receiving a complaint of alleged animal neglect.
Officers found two beagles — one was dead and the second was “in distress.”
Cpl. Sean Tipple said the enclosure where the dogs were being kept does not appear to be insulated or offer any form of heat, and temperatures have been well below the freezing mark in recent days.
He said both animals appeared to have been well fed, and described the dog that died as “healthy looking.”
The surviving dog is being examined by a veterinarian in Bay Roberts, and will likely be turned over to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
Trrinity Conception RCMP are investigating a case of two dogs neglected outside a home in Bay Roberts.
The RCMP said in a news release, members responded to a complaint today that one of the dogs perished outside in the snow and the other dog was alive but appeared weak.
RCMP officers and the municipal officer with the Town of Bay Roberts responded and located the dogs in the backyard. Unfortunately, police confirmed that one of the dogs had died due to apparent exposure to cold weather conditions. The other dog was still alive, but appeared to be in distress. This dog was brought to the local veterinarian where it is currently being examined.
An investigation into the matter is ongoing and charges are being considered under the new Animal Health and Protection Act.
The Trinity Conception District RCMP is strongly urging the public to report cases of animal abuse and would like to remind everyone that the RCMP and the SPCA work in partnership to ensure the safety of animals. People who can no longer care for an animal due to financial restraints, medical problems or other concerns, should contact the SPCA for options.