NORTH PRESTON - The SPCA is investigating on whether to lay charges against the owner of a dog found frozen to death outside of a North Preston home two days before Christmas.
David Ross, a chief provincial inspector for the SPCA, confirmed Thursday that they went to a home in North Preston on Dec. 23 after receiving an animal cruelty complaint from a concerned citizen.
After walking on the Simmonds Avenue property, Ross said they found an American Staffordshire terrier frozen to death inside of a dog house located on the property.
Ross said the dog was chained to the dog house, and had to be extracted by investigators.
âWe canât tell at this time,â Ross said when asked for a cause of death. âIt was frozen solid. It was dead. It was chained. It was inside the dog-house. Thatâs all we can tell you at this point.â
The dogâs body was seized and has been given to the provinceâs agriculture department to determine a cause of death. When they get the results, Ross said they can then determine if this was a cause of animal cruelty, and whether criminal charges are warranted.
âIt couldâve died for a number of reasons and not been removed from the dog house,â he said. âI donât want to speculate (on a cause of death) because I donât know.â
A RCMP officer driving by at the time stopped to assist with SPCA investigators as they went inside to speak with someone at the home, Ross said. He said no other dogs were seized.
He said the person they spoke to said the animalâs owner, a man, wasnât at home. Ross said they have yet to speak with the owner.
âItâs something we do see at this time of year,â he said of animals being found frozen to death. âThese are not isolated incidents.â
Ross said the SPCA was back in North Preston Thursday following up on other animal-cruelty complaints.
- by Philip Croucher - Metro Halifax