On an ordinary Monday, the tranquillity of Iron Bridge, located within the Municipality of Huron Shores, was shattered by an abhorrent discovery. The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) stumbled upon a hauntingly gruesome scene—a concealed animal crate overflowing with the deceased bodies of puppies. The sight was so devastating that the police were unable to count the tragic losses within the crate.
The OPP rushed to Iron Bridge at around 4 p.m in response to a harrowing report of animal cruelty. Upon arriving at a secluded side road off the Red Rock Dam Road, just north of Iron Bridge, officers found an enormous metal cage shrouded by what seemed to be a pool filter boasting green and white hues, further concealed with the help of a grey canvas tarp.
Beneath this concealed tarp lay the distressing sight—the decomposing bodies of black and brown puppies. Unfortunately, the state of decomposition was so severe, it left the authorities incapable of ascertaining the exact number of lives lost. Further inspection revealed no signs of sustenance like food or water bowls within the cage, implying the puppies were deliberately abandoned to the hardships of starvation and death.
Constable Bev Gauthier, who communicated the disheartening finding, emphasized the severity of the puppies’ state of decomposition. It seemed as though the innocent creatures had been deserted to gradually succumb to the throes of hunger and thirst in a region so remote that their desperate cries fell on nothing but silent ears.
Indeed, the case is devastatingly poignant, and leaves a chilling sense of injustice. If found guilty, any identified suspect could face stern charges under the animal cruelty section of the criminal code. As the investigation for the culprits continues, the Ontario Provincial Police are optimistic that there exists someone with potent information that could aid their inquiry.
Urging potential informants, the OPP requests any knowledge regarding the case be forwarded to the East Algoma OPP detachment at their toll-free number. Those wishing to remain anonymous in their disclosure can contact Crime Stoppers, and, in doing so, may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.