Puppy found in North York garbage can

An­i­mal cru­elty in­ves­ti­ga­tion leads to ar­rest

Bayview Post - - News - — Sa­man­tha Peksa

A 35-year-old Toronto male sus­pect has been ar­rested af­ter al­legedly leav­ing a three-month-old puppy inside a sealed garbage bag out­side Lawrence Square Plaza.

On July 11 at ap­prox­i­mately 3:40 p.m. a sus­pect was seen on se­cu­rity cam­era footage in the Dane Av­enue and Blos­som­field Drive area, ac­cord­ing to a Toronto Po­lice Ser­vice (TPS) re­port. He was car­ry­ing a dark bag and de­posited it into a garbage can be­fore en­ter­ing the plaza. He left shortly af­ter. Mo­ments later a con­cerned cit­i­zen, walk­ing by the garbage can, heard yelps com­ing from inside. He dis­cov­ered sealed plas­tic bags which con­tained a three-month-old puppy. He im­me­di­ately took the puppy to a nearby vet­eri­nar­ian.

The se­cu­rity footage was re­leased to the pub­lic, and a Toronto An­i­mal Ser­vices (TAS) em­ployee rec­og­nized the sus­pect and con­tacted po­lice.

On July 20, the sus­pect sur­ren­dered to po­lice at 32 Di­vi­sion. He was charged with caus­ing un­nec­es­sary pain or suf­fer­ing to an an­i­mal and wil­full ne­glect of an an­i­mal.

Af­ter­ward, TAS con­ducted var­i­ous search war­rants, and 23 adult dogs and 14 pup­pies were seized and are now in the care of TAS.

Tammy Rob­bin­son, spokesper­son for the City of Toronto, said all the dogs are in the process of be­ing as­sessed by a vet­eri­nar­ian, bathed and vac­ci­nated.

“At this time, there don’t ap­pear to be any be­hav­iour is­sues and mi­nor, if any, health is­sues,” she said.

Rob­bin­son said they will even­tu­ally be avail­able for adop­tion.

The dogs are be­ing cared for by Toronto An­i­mal Ser­vices

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