Pregnant dog rescued from Montague apartment

Steve Sharratt, The Guardian
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Campbellton Street in Montague.

MONTAGUE — In a tale of strange bedfellows, a pregnant dog abandoned in a filthy apartment here has been rescued by an animal control officer and the P.E.I. Humane Society.

The older golden lab was rescued from an apartment on Campbellton Street earlier this month after the occupant was successfully evicted.

The property manager had been unable to get into the apartment due to the aggressive nature of the dog.

The event was contained in the monthly report submitted to town council this week by animal control officer Mike Brothers.

“While waiting for (the property manager) I entered the house,’’ wrote Brothers about the Aug. 3 incident. “The dog was barking and growling and seemed aggressive, but after letting her smell the palm of my hand, she immediately became friendly.”

The dog was known to the neighbourhood and police because complaints of noise and barking had been filed. It appeared the occupant was rarely at home and the apartment was described as being left in a filthy state.

Brothers said he was able to remove the dog from the property on a leash and walked her up and down the street. A neighbour offered the dog some water and the animal rolled in the grass.

P.E.I. Humane Society’s Kim MacMillan seized the dog under the Companion Animal Protection Act and it was discovered the dog was lactating. No pups were found in the apartment and officials determined a litter was forthcoming.

“After doing some interviews, it seemed that the unusual litter will probably be a mix of golden lab and shih-tzu,’’ wrote Brothers. “I didn’t even know that was possible.”

The apartment owner is slated to join the list of being banned from adopting an animal from the shelter ever again.

ssharratt@theguardian.pe.ca

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Organizations: P.E.I. Humane Society

Geographic location: Campbellton Street

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  • Sandy
    August 19, 2014 - 16:16

    PEI needs better animal protection laws for sure. Some provinces are much better than others. Some countries lead and others flounder. For example in Sweden if a dog is tied outside for over 4 hours, the dog is seized, owner goes to jail and is never allowed to own a pet again. They know animals have feeling it seems.

  • vanessa
    August 19, 2014 - 14:25

    I would like to start in sayin : For one the dog was not pregnant.. n for 2 the shitzu was also a female so how would a female get another female pregnant.. and if the hole story was true then sure the person should be banned from adopting another dog.. but as half the facts are false this should not of been printed.. the owner of the dog also was to the apt each day to feed and give water and also to take the golden lab for walks...so people think what u want to think but not everything you read is true

    • Tanya
      August 20, 2014 - 14:16

      Well Vanessa, then why don't you tell us the whole story since you seem to know so much. And to be honest it doesn't matter who got her pregnant, a dog needs a hell of alot more than food, water and the odd walk. It needs an owner that spends time with it and is around alot longer than 30 mins a day. If they were unable to than they should have left her with someone who could.

  • Cathy
    August 18, 2014 - 21:30

    It's about time a neglected animal was rescued. Too many are left like this. The people responsible need to pay a hefty price to deter others. Disgusting!

  • Ever again?
    August 18, 2014 - 16:56

    The last line is a tad confusing, was this dog purchased from the shelter? And if so, why wasn't the dog fixed? The owner should be fined per animal, the lab, the male donor and the puppies care.

  • jacinta
    August 18, 2014 - 11:48

    This is getting a little close to home for me. Please, please let the courts set an example of this person. Banned from adopting from shelter what is to stop them from getting a dog from anywhere else there are plenty around. Set an example jail time

  • John
    August 18, 2014 - 10:48

    Is the publication ban to protect the identity of the dog???? wtf print the name of the animal abuser..

  • Sylvia
    August 18, 2014 - 09:08

    That poor animal. Some people treat animals as if they're nothing more than garbage. Glad the dog has been rescued and I hope she & her puppies will all be adopted and go to their forever homes.

  • Sharon
    August 18, 2014 - 07:46

    The owners name should be made public so people can watch to make sure they never own an animal again!

  • sheila French
    August 18, 2014 - 06:37

    They should be fined & some jail time this dog is going to be a good mom protective before they're even born I have 2 Shihitzus they're great dogs love kids

  • Peter
    August 18, 2014 - 06:30

    The apartment owner is slated to join the list of being banned from adopting an animal from the shelter ever again. IMO, not good enough! The apartment owner, again IMO, should be subjected to a $10,000.00 fine, pay all medical expenses and be banned from ever having animals again, not just banned from adopting from the shelter.