Reward offered for information in death of Kingston puppy

Nancy Kelly, Kings County Advertiser/Register
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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 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

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. 

Organizations: Truro Agriculture College, RCMP

Geographic location: Kingston, Kings, Lunenburg

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  • IrelandB
    August 11, 2014 - 21:15

    Its not only disturbing, unsettleing and horrifying, but studies show that a person who is cruel to animals just doesnt stop there. Someone knows something and hopefully they will be found and prosecuted sooner rather than later. What makes this so upsetting is not just that they killed this puppy but to torture it...... Just unimaginable that someone could be so cruel and disturbed. Whatever the punishment it certainly doesnt bring justice to this poor puppy or the family that owned and loved it. Its nice to see the reward offered.... Unfortunately money talks... Praying for some peace for this family by knowing someone is held accountable.

  • Amy Veloz
    August 09, 2014 - 19:20

    The person or persons who did this horrible thing must be found. They are violent, sadistic criminals and pose a very grave danger to everyone. R.I.P. Rosebud….

  • Alice Hecht Soliman
    August 09, 2014 - 12:32

    We must as a nation band together for stricter animal cruelty laws and this must have a subset of more rotations for farm animals as well

  • linda l robichaud
    August 09, 2014 - 10:11

    Yes this person should be found he will do the same thing to a person he did to that pup.