Dead dog found in Markland

The Compass - - OPINION - BY DENISE PIKE

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.

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