FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Aurora, ON (November 8, 2012) A York Regional Police officer has assisted with saving the life of an injured dog in the Town of Aurora and the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has begun an investigation into suspicious circumstances surrounding his injuries.


On Sunday, November 4, 2012, at approximately 12:45 p.m. a uniform patrol officer from #1 District responded to a 9-1-1 call for an injured animal on Offord Crescent in the Town of Aurora. Upon arrival, Constable Netashia McLellan found a dog in obvious distress curled up below a tree. It was apparent to the officer that the dog had been a victim of suspicious circumstances and required immediate medical attention.


She notified Ontario SPCA officers who responded to the scene. The dog was rushed to an emergency veterinary clinic in Richmond Hill, where doctors were able to stabilize his condition and begin treatment on his wounds. The dog had an injury to his head, which has left him blind in one eye. He has also been branded with an unknown chemical which left the numbers 191 on both sides of its body. The dog has since been transferred from the veterinary clinic into the care of the Ontario SPCA where he is continuing to heal.


Ontario SPCA investigators are leading this investigation and treating this case as suspicious. They are appealing to the owner of the dog and any witnesses to come forward as they try to determine the events that led up to the discovery of the dog.


On Thursday, November 8, 2012, at 11 a.m., Ontario SPCA investigators will appeal to the public to come forward with information at its Provincial Office located at 16586 Woodbine Avenue, Newmarket. Constable McLellan and the dog will also in attendance and York Regional Police Media Relations Officers will assist the media with inquiries and interviews.


Anyone with information is asked to contact OSPCA investigators at 1-888-668-7722 x392.


Prepared by: Constable Andy Pattenden 12-313642