Reward offered for information in death of Kingston puppy

Nancy Kelly
Published on August 8, 2014
Rosebud was only a few weeks old when this photo was taken in March. Her owners discovered her dead when they returned to their Kingston home Aug. 4. 
Shane Corbin photo

People for Dogs, a Nova Scotia-based, anti-cruelty of animals advocacy group, is offering a reward for information leading to a conviction in the case of a puppy killed recently in an alleged Kingston home invasion.

Rosebud, a five-month old boxer/pitbull cross breed puppy, was found dead by her owners Aug. 4. An investigation into the dog’s death and the break-in is now underway by Kings District RCMP.

Scott Saunders is the Valley-based spokesperson for the organization, which, for the past three years, has been actively pushing the province to adopt anti-tethering and stronger animal protection laws.

“I believe that somewhere, someone out there knows something. It may be next week, next month or next year, but something has to break,” he said.

Nova Scotia Crimestoppers, the Kings County SPCA branch and Kings District RCMP will accept public tips that could lead to a reward on behalf of People For Dogs, he said.

This is the first occasion in its history that the group has offered a reward for information.

“But this act was so heinous. This dog was not only killed, she was tortured,” said Saunders, adding the group believes there is a link between animal cruelty and crimes against people.

“We know there is a dog killer on the loose in Kings County.”

That person is most likely dangerous, he said, which warrants the new tactic to get information, said Saunders.

Saunders was pleased to learn an autopsy will performed on the puppy at the Truro Agriculture College, but was disappointed the dog’s body wasn’t immediately removed from the house in Kingston when it was discovered. It was instead kept in an outdoor shed on the property for a short period of time before being sent to Truro.

“But if RCMP officers haven’t been educated (about protocols in animal protection and follow up) I can’t fault them for that. But there definitely needs to be more education about this type of issue,” he said.

Saunders is hopeful an eventual conviction in this case will bring jail time, not just a fine like was recently handed down to Lunenburg resident Jason Remai this spring after he was found guilty of leaving his dog to die in a hot car in the summer of 2013.

“That was a monumental decision, but this type of offense is definitely deserving of jail time,” Saunders said.