A Quesnel (Canada) family is distraught and heartbroken following 2 of their 4 stolen dogs were located dead close to a highway.
The bodies of Zeus, a seven-year-old Boxer, and Kira, a four-year-old Boxer, were discovered in the Slide Mountain area off the Nazko Highway early last Friday morning. There was simply no indication of trauma, said Quesnel RCMP, however police think their deaths were the consequence of foul play.
“They are leaning toward carbon monoxide poisoning,” owner Natalie Tremblay explained to The Province Monday. “We are still waiting for the autopsy, but there’s no blood, no nothing.”
Tremblay got home from work late Thursday night to find her 4 precious dogs, which she shares with her sister Nicole and boyfriend Doug Benville, had been taken from their kennels.
She reported the occurrence to police, and went on social media to attempt and find her dogs.
At around 4 a.m., she got a call from a woman who said she found one of the dogs wandering along the side of the highway, about 50 kilometres from Tremblay’s home.
The woman had rescued the dog, three-year-old Bo, then followed a few tracks in the area that brought them to the bodies of Zeus and Kira, explained Tremblay.
“I dropped to my knees and started screaming and crying,” she recalled. “I can’t believe it. They could’ve just broken into my home. Take my TV, take my car, just don’t hurt my dogs.”
Tremblay said Bo – the offspring of Zeus and Kira – is clinically OK, however has been acting “mopey” and refuses to leave their side.
“He was left behind the area where his parents died,” mentioned Tremblay. “We don’t leave him at home alone anymore since this happened. We can’t.”
The fourth dog, a five-year-old mini-Daschund named Dexter, hasn’t yet been located. Family and friends searched the area Monday and placed missing posters of the pet. Up to now, there are no leads.
Mounties mentioned a vet is examining the bodies of the 2 dogs to figure out cause of death. Results are expected later this week.
“The death of these animals is tragic,” said Const. Krista Vrolyk in a statement. “We are still in the preliminary stages of this investigation but are committed to identifying the persons responsible for this and bringing them to justice.”
Police are asking any person who was on the highway between midnight and 4 a.m. on Dec. 13 who may have seen any dubious activity to call RCMP at 250-992-9211 or anonymously at Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.