Body of dog to be examined in St. John’s

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The body of a dog, euthanized after being rescued from a car in Pasadena over the weekend, is now on its way to St. John’s.

According to RCMP in Deer Lake, the animal’s body will be examined as part of an investigation into what police have described as an apparent attempt by the owner to kill the animal.

A 60-year-old man from Pasadena has been charged, accused of trying to poison his family pet.

It is alleged he placed the dog in the back seat of a car and piped exhaust fumes from the muffler into the interior of the car.

The dog was rescued from the vehicle and taken by police to a veterinary clinic in Corner Brook, according to a statement issued by the RCMP this morning.

Upon examination, the veterinarian decided to euthanize the animal.

Cpl. Steven O’Blenis has told The Telegram the animal was “old” and had “medical conditions.”

What amounts to an autopsy of the body will allow for a better understanding of the pet’s condition at the time of its death.

Organizations: RCMP, The Telegram

Geographic location: Pasadena, Deer Lake, Corner Brook

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  • Kelly
    July 02, 2013 - 21:05

    All I want to know is if the poor dog suffered or not? That's the most important question. I hope he wasn't scared or suffering. Was he asleep when he was found? How did the police find him? And will the owner be charged?

  • Animal Advocate
    July 02, 2013 - 17:33

    I don't know who I'm more disgusted with the animal abuser or the people that support or make the excuse that what this person did is acceptable in today's society. Part of being a responsible pet owner is providing the proper care that each 'family pet' deserves. If you don't have the money for vet visits, food, etc for your family pet then make the responsible decision of not owning one. Humanity disappoints me on so many levels when I read stuff like this because there is no reason or cause for it given the availability of help. It is cruelty of the highest form and I for one am glad that he is charged for this crime.

  • Valerie
    July 02, 2013 - 16:03

    Poor old guy? There is NO excuse for carbon monoxide poisoning the dog. Like the idiot who tied his family's dog to the train tracks who had mental issues. It is all BS. The decent thing to do is find someone to take the dog. Period. Go to Petsmart., Do what you have to do to ensure the dog gets another home. But many do not want to work that hard since it takes time away from what they want to do. Having a pet is a commitment. Those who do not want to commit should NEVER own a pet. I hope and wish the guy gets 10 years of prison.

  • appalled
    July 02, 2013 - 14:38


  • craig
    July 02, 2013 - 13:20

    A far more humane and legal way to put down a family pet would be to take it into a known hunting area, let it roam free and become entangled in a snare. That way, even though he would have broken the "roaming free" law, it would be the hunter who had legally placed the snare who would be suffering the contemptible comments here! Get down of your high horses people and take a sip of reality! Stop being hypocrites!

  • original townie
    July 02, 2013 - 12:56

    @ Yo Mama....get a grip on reality. Hasn't everybody with a brain heard of the Humane Society? I don't care how rich or poor an individual is, this is absolutely ridiculous and unnecessary in todays world. He has money for gas for the car to poison the poor creature. People with a mentality like you, have some serious issues : (

  • J.Wel
    July 02, 2013 - 12:32

    Whether he could afford the vet visit or needle as you put it doesn't matter one bit... There are shelters and rescues out there to help families when they cannot take care of their family pet!!! It is a sin to poison the dog as a way to put it out of its misery, IF in fact that was the situation. There are too many people willing to accept lame excuses from humans on why they are cruel to their pets, or animals in general. I am disgusted by this mans behaviour, and there are no excuse that can make what he did acceptable!!!

    • yvette butt
      July 02, 2013 - 13:07

      if i didn't swear so much...this is exactly what i would have said.

    • Brian
      July 02, 2013 - 13:35

      So, it's a sin for this man to use a poisonous gas to put his animal "to sleep", but yet it's not a sin for a vet to use an intravenous poison to put the man's animal "to sleep"? I'm assuming you are aware of the fact that when a vet euthanizes an animal, they use a poison which is injected into the animal's bloodstream via an hypodermic needle. They could use carbon monoxide to effect the same result, but it is much safer and more efficient to use a lethal injection.

  • Yvette Butt
    July 02, 2013 - 12:19

    somehow i knew thats the story that would come out....nobody can ever afford the needle......the beer, cigarettes and bingo is so much more important...I hate all should be ashamed......

  • Yo mama
    July 02, 2013 - 10:29

    Poor old guy maybe was trying to put it out of it's misery, couldn't afford the needle and didn't have the heart to shoot.....people don't jump to conclusions.