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Two St. John's Regional Fire Department (SJRFD) firefighters carry the remains of a deceased dog that was retrieved from a pond just off of Blackhead Road by members of the SJRFD's cold water rescue team on Sunday afternoon after the SJRFD was notified by the city's humane services of a dog that was partially submerged in the waters.
A case of possible animal cruelty is being investigated in St. John’s involving the suspected drowning of a dog near Blackhead Road.
On Sunday on the north side of the road just past Blackhead Crescent, police, emergency and Humane Services personnel were a few hundred feet in the nearby woods retrieving the remains of the animal and investigating the case.
"The City of St. John's Humane Services contacted us earlier today stating there was a dog reported to them that was half submerged in a pond just off of Blackhead Road,” said St. John's Regional Fire Department (SJRFD) Capt. Craig Cox of the West-End Fire Station. “On further investigation we found that the dog had been tethered to a rock and dumped in the pond.”
He added that SJRFD cold water rescue team members were also dispatched to the scene and went into the pond and retrieved the dead animal.
An employee of Humane Services was also on the scene and took possession of the animal once two firefighters carried the body from the woods on a stretcher.
"The RNC were contacted and they are currently in there on the scene doing a further investigation into the matter," added Capt. Cox.
When asked by The Telegram, the Humane Services worker was unable to comment on the incident or say what kind of breed the deceased dog was.
Cindy McGrath, a supervisor with Humane Services who spoke with The Telegram later, confirmed the dog’s remains were in their care but said while the matter is under investigation, there was little else she could provide in the way of information.
McGrath did raise the point that at this time it’s not certain if the dog was drowned or if this was a means of disposal of a body.
“The only thing we did was retrieve the remains from the fire department. We have no further news other than that. We don’t know how the dog died. We don’t have anything at this particular point.”
McGrath said Humane Services would have further comment when they find out more following the RNC investigation into the matter.