Tethered dog found frozen to death outside of North Preston home

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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.

“We can’t tell at this time,” Ross said when asked for a cause of death. “It was frozen solid. It was dead. It was chained. It was inside the dog-house. That’s all we can tell you at this point.”

The dog’s body was seized and has been given to the province’s 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.

“It could’ve died for a number of reasons and not been removed from the dog house,” he said. “I don’t want to speculate (on a cause of death) because I don’t know.”

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 animal’s owner, a man, wasn’t at home. Ross said they have yet to speak with the owner.

“It’s something we do see at this time of year,” he said of animals being found frozen to death. “These are not isolated incidents.”

Ross said the SPCA was back in North Preston Thursday following up on other animal-cruelty complaints.

- by Philip Croucher - Metro Halifax

Organizations: American Staffordshire, RCMP

Geographic location: North Preston, Simmonds Avenue

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Recent comments

  • Pamela Brown
    January 08, 2014 - 14:25

    Whatever the reason, He needs to be charged. His resposibility was to take care of that pet and act accordingly. He shouldn't be given a slap on the hand and a little fine. Make these a crime with prison time and a large fine, and if other pets are involved, he should have to pay for medical and all expenses till they are well.

  • George Perry
    January 04, 2014 - 14:48

    The dog was left outside in the freezing cold. In my eyes that's enough to lay charges. If the dog was sick, then that's makes it even worst. The cold heartless must pay the price. Jail time would be great.

  • angela cowan
    January 04, 2014 - 14:09

    it is unbelievable that people are so stupid or worse, uncaring that this could happen. i hope he gets charged adn fined and jail time...sick bastard!!! with so many of us out here, myself included that would gladly go pick the dog up if its a burden,, there is just no reason to do leave a poor creature to di this way...

  • Concerned Citizen
    January 03, 2014 - 08:24

    Found frozen to death and CHAINED - why would there even be a question as to charges being laid against the person living in the home? If a person cannot take care of a pet for any reason they should find a new home for it. If charges are not laid, this will continue and many more innocent animals will die at the end of a chain. Our prisoners are not chained, so why a poor animal who has done nothing wrong?!