Dog destroyed: Township releases statement

(Newswatch Group/File)

LONG SAULT – The Township of South Stormont has released a statement concerning the shooting death of a dog earlier this month near the area of Headline Road and South Branch Road.

According to reports, the stray dog had been shot because it was terrorizing livestock yet local residents say the black dog was skittish and people had been trying to help it.

The animal was gunned down by Herb Waldroff, who is retained by the township, and the body was later cremated.

The actions created a firestorm of outrage from local residents, who took to social media to decry what had happened.

Township bylaw enforcement officer Andrew Downing told the Standard-Freeholder Dec. 6 he would be meeting with Herb Waldroff to discuss further steps.

Today (Tuesday), the township released the following statement:

On behalf of the Township of South Stormont and our Animal Control Officer, Herb Waldroff, we would like to advise the public that we are aware of the most unfortunate incident that took place concerning the death of an alleged aggressive and stray dog. Due to an on-going investigation the Township cannot comment any further at this time. However we wish to reassure our residents that the Township and its staff will thoroughly review the details of this matter, and in future we will continue to balance the interests of humane treatment and public safety going forward.”

It’s not clear what sort of investigation has been launched and what Waldroff’s fate is.

Typically, personnel matters are kept confidential by municipalities.

Waldroff’s contract was to be up for renewal at the end of the month.

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