A man described to be in his 40s has been arrested in connection with the dog found beaten and strangled and then buried alive in Monteregie. According to the Metro News, the Surete du Quebec stated the man turned himself in to the police station in Rouville on Thursday. The resident, who lives in St-Paul d’Abbotsford, has been questioned by police and released with a promise to appear in court.
“The individual has been released and could subsequently be issued a summons to appear,” stated SQ Sgt. Claude Denis.
The unidentified man faces animal cruelty charges which, if found guilty, could face up to five years in prison. The man’s identity will not be made public unless he is formally charged. Investigators are stated to still be waiting for the necropsy results and will then present all of the evidence to the Crown who will decide if charges will be pressed.
The dog, later named Sugar Ray, was discovered on Tuesday when a man out walking heard faint whimpering sounds in the area of Saint-Paul d’Abbotsford located in southwest Montreal. He went in search of the sounds, and what he found was shocking – a dog buried alive! According to Monteregie SPCA inspector, Linda Robertson, the man spotted a paw sticking out of the ground as the dirt moved beside it. The male dog was still breathing and very much alive. He called 911, and officers rushed to the area and helped dig the dog out of his grave; a blanket had been wrapped around him.
Rushed to a veterinary hospital for emergency care, it was thought that Sugar Ray had been nearly strangled and hit with a blunt object. By Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, the dog’s condition had improved, however late Wednesday afternoon, Sugar Ray struggled to breath; and despite veterinarian efforts to keep him alive, the dog went into cardiac arrest and died. The SPCA Monteregie posted the sad news on their Facebook page.
“Very sad news….our beautiful Boxer whom we named Sugar Ray, who fought so hard to survive, has passed away this afternoon. He was surrounded by the people who loved and cared for him – the vet techs and veterinarians of the Chambly Veterinarian Hospital.
We are heart broken as we know everyone will be. We are so grateful for your love and support towards Sugar Ray.
Details of Sugar’s death are not yet confirmed. We will update you as soon as we have more news.
There has been no information as yet how the suspect knew Sugar Ray.
Read the previous update here.
(Photos of Boxer buried alive via SPCA)
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