CORNWALL – A furor is brewing on social media after reports a puppy was found dead along the shore of the St. Lawrence River, presumably tortured to death.
The young animal – described in a Facebook posting as a black Labrador possibly 10 months to a year old – was found dead around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night near Lock 15 just below the baseball diamonds.
Cornwall police Const. Dan Cloutier says the animal was found in a “secure area” and the carcass “had been there for some time.”
A posting on the Cornwall, Ontario Facebook page details a gruesome account of what led to the end of the young animal’s life, including multiple fractures.
As of Thursday, none of the details have been confirmed through official channels.
However, the SPCA says an investigation is underway.
“We are certainly investigating the matter and we will have to await an autopsy on the animal,” SPCA spokesman Brad Dewer told Cornwall Newswatch. “We are just waiting until we have all the facts,” Dewer said Thursday afternoon.
He says the autopsy is underway – likely at a clinic in Guelph – and can take up to a week to get final results.
Dewer says basic information on the case was given to Cornwall police who contacted the local SPCA and relayed the information.
If you have any tips, you’re asked to call the SPCA’s 24-hour toll-free call center at 310-SPCA (7722).