Owner al­leges an­i­mal cru­elty

Job’s Cove woman wants dog snatch­ers brought to jus­tice

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH - BY BILL BOW­MAN

A Job’s Cove woman is look­ing for jus­tice af­ter her dog was lured from its home on the evening of Sun­day, June 5 and teth­ered overnight near a cabin in the woods with­out food or wa­ter.

Colleen Pot­tle told The Com­pass she wasn’t at home when her young Golden Labrador Retriever was taken.

When it’s out­side, the dog is usu­ally teth­ered to a wooden stake on a chain near the Pot­tle’s Road home where Colleen lives with her 90-year-old grand­mother Blanche Pot­tle, and her 13-year-old son Matthew.

She ex­plained what hap­pened: “My grand­mother went out­side to un­tie my dog, Rei­ley, and put him in the house for the night. As she was do­ing so, two young fel­las in their teens were pass­ing along the road. One was on foot while the other was on a bi­cy­cle.”

Pot­tle said the youths called the dog away from the home, de­spite at­tempts by Blanche Pot­tle to se­cure the an­i­mal.

Colleen said her grand­mother went to church, hop­ing the dog would be out­side the house when she re­turned. But it was nowhere to be found.

It was the next day be­fore Colleen, who works in North­ern Bay, learned that her dog was miss­ing.

“I came down and looked all around Job’s Cove but couldn’t find my dog,” Colleen stated.

Po­lice in­volved

Colleen started a fran­tic search that in­cluded a visit to the home where she ac­quired the puppy. She ac­knowl­edged there has been some ten­sion in the past with the homeowner.

She also called Trin­ity Con­cep­tion District RCMP and went to the po­lice sta­tion in Har­bour Grace to give a state­ment.

Mean­while, Pot­tle said the owner of the home where she had gone in search of her dog had also called po­lice, al­leg­ing she had caused a dis­tur­bance while on his prop­erty.

Ac­cord­ing to Pot­tle, the RCMP were on their way to the res­i­dence where she sus­pected her dog might be, but be­fore they ar­rived, her mother, Mona Oliver, told po­lice about a cabin the boys had on Red­lands Road, in a wooded area.

In­stead of go­ing to check the cabin, she said, the of­fi­cer went to the res­i­dence, but couldn’t see any dogs there.

Colleen said the of­fi­cer then came to the Pot­tle res­i­dence and spoke with Blanche.

When she ar­rived home at about 5 p.m. Mon­day, June 6, Pot­tle said her mother re­minded her about the cabin the boys had in the woods.

Colleen said she was afraid to go alone, and was ac­com­pa­nied by her mother and son.

‘ There were tears’

When they reached the cabin, they found her dog tied to a large wooden box.

“ There was noth­ing there to show any food or wa­ter had been pro­vided to him,” Colleen said. “He was so happy we had found him. There were tears in his eyes.”

The dog ap­peared un­harmed, but Colleen said it was de­hy­drated and hun­gry.

Around 5:30 p.m. on June 6, Colleen said she in­formed the RCMP the dog had been found at the cabin. She said it’s a clear case of an­i­mal cru­elty.

She has con­tacted the So­ci­ety for the Preven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals (SPCA) and was told there was noth­ing they could do un­less the RCMP laid a charge.

Colleen has a fair idea of who was re­spon­si­ble for tak­ing her dog, and would like for the po­lice to in­ter­view them. But with­out proof, she’s un­der­stands there’s very lit­tle that can be done.

“I’d like the peo­ple … to know that there are some peo­ple here in Job’s Cove who are tak­ing other peo­ple’s dogs,” she noted.

Photo by Bill Bow­man/The Com­pass

Colleen Pot­tle sits on the step of her Job’s Cove home with her Golden Lab, Rei­ley. The dog was found June 6 tied to a wooden box out­side a cabin in the North Shore com­mu­nity about 24 hours af­ter be­ing lured from the Pot­tle home.

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