Dog found wrapped in bloody blanket in a parking lot
ORILLIA - An Orillia man charged in the death of a small dog found in a Coldwater Road parking lot two days before Christmas was recently sentenced to 14 months in prison.
The body of a three-year-old brown pug/shihtzu cross named 'Duke' was discovered in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 17 Coldwater Rd. W. wrapped in a bloody blanket with signs of trauma at around 11 a.m. Dec. 23.
Police say the dog appeared to have puncture wounds on its body and followed footprints to a nearby apartment building on Albert Street.
Steve McGinn, 20, was arrested Jan. 3 and was charged with breaking and entering, killing/injuring an animal and breach of probation.
Police said McGinn was not Duke’s owner. The owners lived at a nearby Albert Street North address. Police say the couple who owned Duke were out of town for the night and had left their two dogs in the care of a family member. The other dog was not harmed and OPP say McGinn had entered the residence without consent.
The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) assisted the OPP with its investigation and arranged for a necropsy on the deceased dog.
McGinn is charged with assaulting a man on the same evening as the dog death, though police said the two incidents were unrelated.
He has also been sentenced to two years of probation and was banned from owning animals for five years.