Owner alleges animal cruelty
Job’s Cove woman wants dog snatchers brought to justice
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.
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.
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.