Dog Found in Zipped Suitcase Dumped at Park is Lucky to Be Alive

A dog put in a suitcase and dumped at wintery park is in good health despite the cruel way she was abandoned. Joggers in a Toronto park spotted a suitcase lying on the ground and when they saw it move. The joggers were on a little-used trail in Lambton Park in Etobioke when they unzipped the suitcase they found a small Jack Russell terrier mix inside.

One of the joggers happens to be a supporter of the Canadian animal rescue, Black Dog Rescue, and reached out to them for help.

Black Dog Rescue shared pictures of the abandoned dog with hopes of locating the person responsible and posted the following:

Do you recognize this dog?

Saturday morning [January 4, 2020] joggers (who happen to be BDR supporter) came across a suitcase in Lambton Park, Etobicoke (near the Humber River at Dundas Street West and Scarlett Road). When they got close the suitcase moved. They could hear a dog inside. They could tell the suitcase was thrown down the hill above where they found it. After climbing up the hill they were able to follow the suitcase’s drag marks 200m. It led them to the back of Lambton Arena’s parking lot. The person who did this may have come from the nearby apartment complexes or drove to the arena’s parking lot get rid of her.

The area where they were jogging is not well used at this time of year. Thankfully the weather was warmer than normal or she could have frozen to death. It was clear she had puppies recently. She was scanned for a microchip but didn’t have one. She is safe at Animal Services.

The police were notified but unless they find something on nearby cameras there isn’t much they can do. So we need to identify her owners so the police can talk to them. Whoever did this to her needs to be brought to justice. She deserves no less.

Fortunately, the dog doesn’t look like she was  ill-cared for or neglected. However, the cruel way in which she was dumped is baffling to dog lovers and authorities, who point out there are easy and humane ways to give up a dog to local shelters. The dog, who is approximately 5 to 7 years old,  does not have a microchip or ID collar, although some eagle-eyed commenters noticed she appeared to have an indent around her neck, indicating she once had a collar.

The dog is now in the care of Animal Services and will be getting a full physical examination by a veterinarian later in the week. In the meantime, she will not be up for adoption.

Anyone with information about the dog is asked to contact police investigators at 416-808-1100 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

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