I was sent an article from the Cape Breton Post by Linda who had emailed the Cape Breton SPCA volunteering to foster the little dog she was so horrified by the story of the little guy. The SPCA had emailed her back (which actually amazes me that they did that) saying that they had been contacted by the dogs owner - and that the dog had been returned to them. His name is Toby.
Of course all of us - responsible dog owners - are wondering how this little dog got into the hands of a person or persons who would put him into a box and throw him into a creek. Obviously this dog was left unsupervised, either tied out or left out to run at large - but we also don't know the circumstances of his life and his owners life.
We can only hope that he isn't left in any conditions where this kind of experience can ever happen to him again.
As for who did it - one of the comments brilliantly googled the phrase on the box and came up with -
This is scary stuff. That sweet innocent dog. Have you googled Juggalo 4 life?
Check this out
That same picture from that box is in this youtube video.
(as a side note - it's weird, because I enjoy the music of Insane Clown Posse, but I certainly do not condone animal abuse... - and being a fan of them, I went through their songs and came up with a song "Another Love Song" - which is kind of eerie in how it represents what happened to Toby. You can click on - this link - to listen to it.
I think that probably the box existed before the idea of screwing the dog in there and dumping him - it probably belonged to some teenager - and the kids came along the dog and thought it would be a hoot to drown him - so they went and got a box they didn't care to own anymore - and put the 2 together. That's my theory anyway.
Here's the Cape Breton Post article
(the Cape Breton Post article is allowing comments - so you should click on the link if you want to go read them, some of them are pretty good/funny)
Dog ditched in box and thrown in water reunites with owner
The Cape Breton Post
SYDNEY — Toby the terrier, who was found inside a plywood box and left in a cold pond, has since been reunited with his owner.
Cape Breton SPCA animal cruelty investigator Ken Manning said the dog was found by two hunters in a wooden area of Edwardsville, Monday.
The dog was later recognized by his owner on a television news report and has since returned home.
A woman from Westmount had been searching for her pooch and was anxious to retrieve the dog Saturday morning, said Manning.
“She called right away. She doesn’t know how the dog got out, and she doesn’t know how someone could do it to her dog, but it is still being investigated,” Manning said.
The hunters told SPCA, they had heard crying sounds when they came across the box — and also thought they heard a splash.
A stick was used to lure the box out of the water, but the dog couldn't be freed as neither man had a screwdriver.
SPCA officials freed the dog and said the plywood box was very well-made.
Materials used were marked with a picture of a cartoon character, and writing in what looks like “Juggqzo for life”.
“If we do find out who did it, they could face charges under the Criminal Code of Canada, plus charges under the Nova Scotia Animal Protection Act,” said Manning.