NORTH PRESTON - The SPCA is investigating on whether to lay charges against the owner of a dog found frozen to death outside of a North Preston home two days before Christmas.
David Ross, a chief provincial inspector for the SPCA, confirmed Thursday that they went to a home in North Preston on Dec. 23 after receiving an animal cruelty complaint from a concerned citizen.
After walking on the Simmonds Avenue property, Ross said they found an American Staffordshire terrier frozen to death inside of a dog house located on the property.
Ross said the dog was chained to the dog house, and had to be extracted by investigators.
‚ÄúWe can‚Äôt tell at this time,‚ÄĚ Ross said when asked for a cause of death. ‚ÄúIt was frozen solid. It was dead. It was chained. It was inside the dog-house. That‚Äôs all we can tell you at this point.‚ÄĚ
The dog‚Äôs body was seized and has been given to the province‚Äôs agriculture department to determine a cause of death. When they get the results, Ross said they can then determine if this was a cause of animal cruelty, and whether criminal charges are warranted.
‚ÄúIt could‚Äôve died for a number of reasons and not been removed from the dog house,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt want to speculate (on a cause of death) because I don‚Äôt know.‚ÄĚ
A RCMP officer driving by at the time stopped to assist with SPCA investigators as they went inside to speak with someone at the home, Ross said. He said no other dogs were seized.
He said the person they spoke to said the animal‚Äôs owner, a man, wasn‚Äôt at home. Ross said they have yet to speak with the owner.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs something we do see at this time of year,‚ÄĚ he said of animals being found frozen to death. ‚ÄúThese are not isolated incidents.‚ÄĚ
Ross said the SPCA was back in North Preston Thursday following up on other animal-cruelty complaints.
- by Philip Croucher - Metro Halifax