4,600$ reward offered for information related to the dog with a cracked skull found last week in the Plateau


Montreal, March 9th, 2015 – Last week, the Montreal SPCA asked for the public’s help for information related to Cannelle, a severely injured dog left to die in a cardboard box in the Plateau. The SPCA’s inspection department has opened a criminal investigation into this case, but still lacks critical information. In order to help the investigation move forward, the Montreal SPCA, in conjunction with anonymous donors are now offering a $4,600 reward to anyone providing information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person responsible for this heinous act of cruelty.

On the evening of March 3rd 2015, at approximately 5 p.m., Cannelle was found agonizing in a cardboard box on Henri-Julien street, just south of Du Laos, in the Plateau. Upon arrival at the Montreal SPCA, our veterinary team determined that Cannelle had suffered a severe traumatic head injury, likely caused by a heavy blow from an axe. Unfortunately, due to the severity of her injuries, she had to be humanely euthanized.

Cannelle was a Chow Chow/Labrador mix of approximately 9 years. She was medium-sized and reddish in colour.

The Montreal SPCA’s inspection department needs the public’s help in order to identify Cannelle and her former owners, as well as to apprehend the person responsible for her injuries. Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact our inspection department at inspection@spca.com or (514) 735-2711 extension 2230. All tips are treated confidentially.

“The public reacted with strong emotion to Cannelle’s story last week, and we hope that this $4,600 reward will encourage anyone with information to come forward,” said Sophie Gaillard, Lawyer and Campaigns
Manager for the Montreal SPCA’s Animal Advocacy Department. “Animal cruelty is a serious criminal offence and the perpetrator of this act could face up to five years in prison. We are counting on the public’s help to achieve justice for Cannelle.”


Media contact: Anita Kapuscinska, Media Relations Coordinator, Montreal SPCA, 514-226-3932, or anitak@spca.com.

About the Montreal SPCA

Founded in Montreal in 1869, we were the first humane society in Canada and our mission is to:

  • protect animals against negligence, abuse, and exploitation;
  • represent their interests and ensure their well-being;
  • raise public awareness and help develop compassion for all living beings.

For many years, the Montreal SPCA has been working hard with municipal, provincial and federal governments to improve animal protection laws. In 2014, our inspection service investigated 1,217 new complaints and conducted the inspection of 3,012 animals, all species combined. A total of 101 animals were seized as a result of these investigations and several criminal and penal charges were laid.

For more information about the Montreal SPCA, please visit our website at www.spca.com.

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