Dead dog found in Markland
For the second time in less than six weeks a dead dog has been found in waters along the Upper Trinity South Shore.
Last Thursday, June 4 Placentia-Whitbourne District RCMP responded to a report of a dead dog floating in a pond in Markland. The animal described as a medium sized mutt, black and brown in colour was placed inside a burlap bag.
“Surveyors working in the area discovered it and called our detachment,” said Corporal Blaine Beaumaster, district commander.“One of our officers went to the pond and removed it.”
The dog was in an advanced stage of decomposition; therefore it is very unlikely the RCMP will be able to determine if it was alive or dead when tossed in the pond.
“The stench from it was really bad. It was so badly decomposed we were unable to send it to a lab for further examination,” said Cpl. Beaumaster. “However we’re hoping the public will assist us in identifying the owner and the cir- cumstances that would have led to this find.”
The District Commander says it was two tips from the public that led to charges being laid in an April 18 discovery of a dead dog found in a pond in Dildo. In that incident a car strut had been fastened around the animal’s neck. A 52year-old man from Broad Cove, Trinity Bay was charged and is due to appear in court, June 24.
“We had a couple of breaks from the public in that investigation and we’re hoping for the same in this incident,” said Beaumaster.
In the meantime the police spokesman has a message for the public.
“Stop doing this! Stop tossing the remains of animals into rivers and ponds,” he said. “It isn’t an appropriate way to dispose of an animal’s remains and it is also putting the health of people at risk. Some rivers are a water source for communities and towns, and campers and trouters use many of the ponds.
Anyone with any information on this incident are encouraged to call Whitbourne RCMP at 7592600 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or email at www.rocktips.ca.