A 17-year-old boy is speaking out after a dead dog was found in a cage near the Thames River in Zorra Township earlier this week.
The teen says the dog, a four-year-old Mastif, died while he was at work and he didn’t know what to do.
The dog was found inside a black wire cage on December 27th along the river on the east side of the 15th Line just south of Road 64.
The teen came forward to AM980 after he was threatened online.
“A couple of people throughout town have brought it to my attention, and since it’s been brought to my attention, I have had multiple messages, and some of them have been threatening to me and my well-being,” he said.
“Right now, I have people messaging me, saying I shouldn’t leave my house or my face is going to be smashed into concrete.”
The boy is also worried about the safety of his family.
“I don’t want my mother involved with this, I don’t want her well-being jeopardized, and I don’t want my niece who shows up every other weekend being jeopardized,” he said.
“Because when I have people saying they know where I live, talking about my vehicles, saying that if I need anything from my vehicle that they’re going to show me what their boot tastes like. I decided I needed to express my story and the truth.”
He says he wasn’t aware there are more humane ways to dispose of an animal that has died.
“I just didn’t realize that if you call the vet, or something like that, they would just take the animal away. I will openly admit, yes, my choice of disposal of the deceased animal was definitely wrong, and I will take full credit for that, I definitely messed up there,” he said.
Currently, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is investigating along with Oxford County OPP.
The teen who came forward says he has not yet spoken with the OPP or the OSPCA, but plans to do so.
Photo: Thames River at Line 15, south of Road 64, courtesy Google Maps.