Nfld. & Labrador

Dog abandoned in Paradise shed

A dog left in a shed in Paradise was found over the weekend trying to claw and chew his way out, according to an eastern Newfoundland animal rescue group.

A dog left in a shed in Paradise was found over the weekend desperately trying to claw and chew its way out, according to an eastern Newfoundland animal rescue group.

Heavenly Creatures President Jessica Rendell said the dog's owner moved out of an apartment and locked the dog in a shed on the property.

"Judging by the dog's weight and from what the neighbours had said about when [the dog's owner] moved out, he was probably there a week or longer," said Rendell.

A blanket and a couple of small bowls of food were left — only enough to feed Riley, a Labrador Retriever-German Shepherd mix for about a day, according to Rendell.

The property's owner found the dog Sunday, while showing the property to a prospective tenant — a veterinarian assistant.

The dog and the shed were covered in feces.

The dog was being cared for in the Witless Bay area on Monday.

"It's hard to try and get your head around why someone would do something like that," Rendell said. "I'm not advocating abandoning your dog in any way, shape or form but if she'd tied him on in a public place or had even let him loose it would have been better than trapping him somewhere where he was going to starve to death."

Rendell said she is gathering information about the former owner to pass on to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). It is up to the SPCA to decide whether or not to lay charges.

But Rendell said the law possesses little power.

"The animal act that we've all been talking about has been passed but it hasn't been proclaimed, so even if she is tried and convicted she's likely to get a slap on the wrist."

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