Thursday, July 20, 2006

Dog found headless in river


Police here are hoping the public can help solve the mystery behind a gruesome discovery of a dog that had been tied up, beheaded and left floating in the river.

"It's weird one, that's for sure," OPP Const. Ted Smith said yesterday. "Is this some sort of voodoo or what? ... You can only speculate."

Police said the dog's paws were bound with rope and it was decapitated. By the time a man found the dog floating on the weekend in the Moon River near Arnold's Bay, 10 km west of Bracebridge, it was already decomposing.

"It was definitely upsetting for this young man," Smith said. "We have no clue as to why someone would do this to a dog ... was it someone who didn't like pit bulls?"

He said the dog may have been of a pit bull or Rottweiler breed but without the head he couldn't be sure.


The large brown dog had short legs, a stocky body, short hair and weighed about 20 to 30 kilos. Other than the bound paws, Smith said he couldn't tell if the dog had been tortured before death.

"It's a scary thought of what happened to it before it was decapitated," he said.

He said the first step is to find out who is missing a dog that fits that description.

"Hopefully it will lead us to whoever did this," he said.

Smith said possible charges would include cruelty to animals, which can carry a sentence of up to six months in jail.

As well, a person could be charged with mischief, which carries a sentence of up to two years in jail.

"Certainly some animal activists are not happy with that," he said.

In the United States, a man was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison two years ago for killing and beheading his dog.

James Abernathy, 43, of California, was convicted of felony animal cruelty for killing the dog under the state's three-strikes law.

Abernathy would have faced a maximum of six years if not for two prior convictions for violent crimes.

Now....does there seem to be something wrong here. In Ontario, you'd serve up to 6 months for this horrible crime, yet in the US, you'd be sentenced 25 YEARS TO LIFE. Does this say something about this country?


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