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Case ID: 18825
Classification: Drowning, Beating
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Thursday, Oct 6, 2011

Disposition: Open

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

The grisly discovery of a small dog drowned in a Sarnia pond with a brick tied to its leash has launched a search for anyone who can help with the investigation.

"I've dealt with a lot as an animal cruelty officer, but this is probably the most vindictive, malicious thing I've seen," said Becky Knight, of the Sarnia and District Humane Society.

A teenager passing one of the Twin Lakes ponds in the city's north end Thursday noticed a dog's rear end floating in the water about 20 feet from the shore, Knight said.

The teen alerted a school principal who contacted authorities.

Knight couldn't reach the Jack Russell terrier with her equipment and called Sarnia firefighters for assistance.

"They used two hook poles attached together and hooked the leash from below," she said.

The dog is described as female, tan or brown in color, weighing 12 to 15 pounds.

The leash is pink.

An autopsy revealed blunt trauma to the head prior to the dog being thrown in the water.

"But when it was thrown in, it was still alive," Knight said. "This is just shocking, just needless. It really shook me up."

No one has reported a missing Jack Russell terrier in recent weeks and there are no leads in the case.

Knight is working with Sarnia police in hope someone will recognize the dog or may have seen something in the Twin Lakes region. It's estimated the dog was in the water about a week.

"We really want to figure out who did this," Knight said. "If it was someone who didn't want their dog, they had the option of bringing it to the humane society. We are open every day."

Anyone with information can contact her at the humane society at 519-344-7064 or call CrimeStoppers at 519-332-TIPS (8477).

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