FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Ottawa, ON (December 5, 2018)  – The Ontario SPCA is seeking information from the public after two pit bull-type dogs were discovered inside a garbage dumpster in Ottawa.

On November 22, 2018, a caller notified the city’s bylaw department about the dogs, which were located near Draper Avenue and Morrison Drive in the west end of the city. An emaciated black and white male pit bull-type dog, estimated to be about a year old, was found deceased. The cause of death is unknown at this time.

The surviving dog, a brindle-coloured, male, pit bull-type dog, also approximately a year old, was taken to a veterinary hospital and found to be in very poor body condition. He is currently in foster care through the Ottawa Humane Society.

At this time, the Ontario SPCA is trying to determine the owners of these two dogs and/or who placed the dogs in the garbage dumpster. 

In addition, the Ontario SPCA is attempting to determine whether there is a connection between the dogs found in the dumpster and two other emaciated dogs that were found to be running at large approximately a week and a half prior. The dogs were similar in appearance and body condition.

On November 12, 2018 an approximately six-month-old male brindle-coloured Boxer-cross was brought to the Ottawa Humane Society after reportedly being found running at large near Beechwood Avenue and Ferland Avenue in Vanier. The dog was emaciated and was euthanized at the recommendation of a veterinarian, due to the condition in which it was found.

The following day, on November 13, an emaciated, charcoal grey-coloured male Doberman Pinscher-cross, estimated to be about six months old, was brought to the Ottawa Humane Society after reportedly being found running at large in Brockville on November 10. The dog is currently recovering in foster care.

“If you have any information about any of these dogs, we urge you to report that information so we can follow up accordingly,” says Lynn Michaud, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “We want to determine who owned these animals and the circumstances surrounding the condition in which they were found.”

To report animal welfare concerns, call the Ontario SPCA’s province-wide animal cruelty hotline at 310-SPCA (7722).


Emaciated dog found in Brockville.





Melissa Kosowan       
Ontario SPCA


The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is a registered charity, established in 1873. The Society and its network of animal welfare communities facilitate and provide for province-wide leadership on matters relating to the prevention of cruelty to animals and the promotion of animal well-being. Offering a variety of mission-based programs including community-based sheltering, animal wellness services, provincial animal transfers, shelter health & wellness, high-volume spay/neuter services, animal rescue, animal advocacy, Indigenous partnership programs and humane education, the Ontario SPCA is Ontario’s animal welfare charity.