© — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram
St. John’s Regional Fire Department (SJRFD) firefighters Mark Power and Mark Miller carry the remains of a dog that was retrieved from a pond just off 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 about a dog that was partially submerged in the water.
The RNC is asking members of the public for any information they may have regarding the case of an alleged drowning of a dog in the area of Blackhead Crescent in St. John’s.
The RNC is working in conjunction with St. John’s Humane Services on the case.
About 2 p.m. Sunday, RNC officers responded to the area of Blackhead Crescent after the St. John’s Regional Fire Department had been assisting St. John’s Humane Services retrieve the remains of a dog from a pond in the area.
The fire department indicated the dog had been tethered to a rock and appeared to have been dumped in the pond.
Anyone who may have any information in relation to this incident is asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can provide information anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.
Firefighters retrieve dead dog from pond
Suspected drowning of animal under investigation
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, firefighters 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,”
St. John’s Regional Fire Department (SJRFD) Capt. Craig Cox of the West End Fire Station said Sunday. “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 after 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 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 its care, but said while the matter is under investigation there was little else she could provide in the way of information.
“I’ve been with the division for five years and this is the first time I’ve encountered anything like this,” she said.
McGrath said 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 it finds out more following the RNC investigation into the matter.
The RNC was contacted for further comment and would only say it is working in conjunction with the St. John’s Humane Society to investigate the incident and no further details will be provided at this time.