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Poodle suffers severe chemical burns

DorothyDog owners in the County and beyond are advising others to keep their pets close following an alarming incident in Belleville last week where a standard poodle named Dorothy was sprayed or splashed with an unknown chemical.

Dorothy has been a star pupil at the Winstead Dog School in the County for the past four years.  She is used as a demonstration dog in basic obedience classes when instructor Ken Campbell wants to show the end result of proper training.

Dorothy’s owner, Janet Wager, lives in the East Hill neighbourhood in Belleville. Last week, Dorothy was outdoors in her fully fenced yard with Janet’s elderly father, Ray. She was not barking, but was quietly watching people moving in a nearby driveway. An unidentified person walked past and sprayed or splashed her face with an unknown chemical.
The photos show the results. The chemical burns are severe. Dorothy has a corneal ulcer and burns both on her eyelid and third eyelid.

Friends, neighbours and fellow members at the dog school are both appalled by the incident and sad for  Dorothy, her owner, and her owner’s father, Ray, who dotes on the dog.

Winstead’s Ken Campbell will  address what happened on his county radio show Let’s Talk Dog on Wednesday at 7 p.m. on the new County radio station 99.3 FM.

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  1. Marnie says:

    God bless you Jack for taking in those strays. You’re good people. What happened to that poor Poodle is disturbing beyond words. Who could hurt an innocent animal on its own property? It had to be a deliberate act for who would carry a chemical substance with them ordinarily? It’s a scary world out there these days.

  2. Jack Smith says:

    This is just terrible. I live in a area where there are a lot of cats that are abandoned or dropped off. We have taken a number of cats into our home and found homes for kittens that have been abandoned. I am a animal lover along with my family. We have fed and taken care of every animal that has been in need. We even picked up a injured squirrel that got hurt by a car and brought it back to health. Set it free back in the woods. When I see something like this done to a dog you don’t know how mad it makes me. I hope they catch the jerk that did this. I agree with Marnie on what she wrote, for Gilbert get a life.

  3. Marnie says:

    Man up, Gilbert. We see worse everyday in movies and on TV. A photo of an eye injury is not pretty but neither should it give anyone an attack of the vapors. Real life does not always come with neat little warning signs before the bad stuff.

  4. Darrin says:

    @Gilbert Because the headline and small picture beside the story weren’t enough warning for you?

  5. Gary says:

    You are correct Gilbert. I expect it was an oversight.

  6. Janet says:

    Police report was done Sunday. As for the
    picture you would have been appalled by the burns to the outer eyelid that appeared when the vet shaved the area so this picture is very mild.

  7. Gilbert says:

    Marnie, should we also show the wounds of rape and murder victims in order to change policy? I’m not even suggesting the image should be censored. I just think it’s insensitive to present a huge, close-up image of chemical burns on a dog’s eyes at the top of a page without any sort of warning.

  8. Marnie says:

    Gilbert – Dog lovers would be a lot more upset if this were their pet. People need to see what can happen when a crazy decides to hurt an innocent creature. For too long there have been wimpy laws about cruelty to animals.We cannot turn away and look at only pretty pictures. We need to confront what is happening and campaign to make the culprits pay with more than a slap on the wrist. Maybe that photo will prompt a few dog owners to take extra precautions with their pets or step up and call for tough laws to punish the wrongdoers. Sad to see the number of people who trustingly leave their dogs tied outside stores assuming no one will feed them a poisoned treat, tease them, or maybe untie them and leave them free to run in traffic. This photo is a wake-up call. Kudos to the eds for running it.

  9. F.Reid says:

    Are the police actively investigating this? This should be taken seriously……..Poor pup, Why anyone would do this ? They obviously have mental issues….Belleville beware of other acts of violence to animals, keep your eyes and ears opened & maybe this sad idea of a human will be caught !

  10. Gilbert says:

    Eds: While the information is appreciated, please offer a warning before displaying photographs that may be upsetting. People who want to read this article are dog lovers, who may not be prepared to look at images of an injured dog. Thank you.

  11. Pam says:

    That is pure evil!

  12. Chris says:

    Is there a police investigation?

  13. Marnie says:

    What sort of human being could do this to a defenceless animal? It is alarming to think that evil people like this are out there. What might they do to another person?

  14. Lori Cairns says:

    Find the b*a*s*t… and do the same thing to him!!!

    Love and best wishes for healing to Dorothy and her family.

  15. Paul Bibeau says:

    whoever did this should be incarcerated. I wish people would realize what kind of damage they do and the hurt they cause being this stupid.

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