UPDATE Kings SPCA fundraising for cremation cost of puppy killed in alleged Kingston break-in

Nancy Kelly nkelly@kingscountynews.ca
Published on August 8, 2014

Local organizations are coming together to help the owners of a puppy that was killed in an alleged break and enter in Kingston.

Rosebud, a five-month old boxer/pitbull cross breed puppy, was found dead by her owners, Matthew Dominey and Shane Corbin, when they returned home on Aug. 4. An investigation into the dog’s death and the alleged break-in is now underway by Kings District RCMP.

“We are heartbroken beyond words for Shane and Matthew and for the violence and cruelty shown to little Rosebud,” the Kings County Branch of the SPCA posted on its Facebook page Aug. 7.

“We are also hoping to purchase a nice urn for her ashes, with her name inscribed on it.”

Donations to the fund can be made by calling or dropping into the shelter, located on County Home Road in Waterville.

The New Minas Pet Valu location is pitching to help with the fundraiser with an in-store donation jar.

“We partner with the SPCA on most of their fundraising. And this case is so heartbreaking, it’s extremely sad,” said store manager Stephanie Brannen.

Rosebud’s body has been sent to Truro for an autopsy.

Dominey said the back door of the house had been pried open and the house had been broken into. Their five-month-old puppy had been left dead in the bathtub, with both its hind legs broken and a juice jug over its head.

“They didn’t take anything,” he said, “but they killed the dog.”

Dominey said an incident like this “poses a risk to the community, especially in an area with a lot of children.”

He reported he received a call Aug. 6 from police letting him know about the autopsy, which he hopes will help police with their investigation.

Dominey and Corbin adopted Rosebud in March. He also confirmed the local SPCA has offered to cremate Rosebud and return her ashes to them at no cost.

Dominey said he and Corbin plan to keep Rosebud’s ashes with them once they are returned to them.

Anyone with any information that might help police with the investigation of the incident can call Kingston RCMP at (902) 765-3317.