Puppy found in North York garbage can
Animal cruelty investigation leads to arrest
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