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Woman charged after dog tossed to death
By Chris Doucette , Toronto Sun
First posted: Friday, September 25, 2015 01:57 PM EDT | Updated: Friday, September 25, 2015 06:21 PM EDT
TORONTO - A 27-year-old woman is accused of tossing her partner’s lap dog to its death over the balcony of their Scarborough apartment during a heated argument.
An animal cruelty investigation was launched recently after 42 Division officers learned of the pet’s death at 5600 Sheppard Ave. E. — a 10-storey apartment building at Markham Rd. — on either Aug. 21 or Aug. 22., Toronto Police said Friday.
“Two people became involved in a dispute,” Det.-Const. Matt Sattler, of 42 Division, said. “During the dispute, one person threw the other person’s dog off a balcony. The dog did not survive the fall.”
A woman, whose name was not released, has been arrested and charged with endangering or injuring other animals.
Police are reluctant to release further information about the alleged animal cruelty, including the identity of the accused, because “a vulnerable victim” is involved, Const. Victor Kwong said.
“We don’t want to reveal any details that could identify or further victimize this person,” he explained.
Investigators are hoping residents of the building or the surrounding neighbourhood, who witnessed the dog plunging to its death, will come forward.
One man at the building, who asked not to be identified, said he was aware of the dog’s death.
“As far as I know, nobody saw the dog get thrown from the balcony,” he said. “But people saw the aftermath. The one woman was on the ground holding her dog and screaming.”
He wasn’t certain of the breed but said the dog was smaller than a ****su, referring to a breed that typically weighs less than 15 pounds.
Anyone with information regarding the alleged animal cruelty is urged to contact Det.-Const. Matt Sattler by phone at 416-808-4200 or by e-mail at matt.sattler@torontopolice.on.ca. Information can be given anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
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