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Meanwhile another neighbour who witnessed the incident unfold, quickly raced to the other end of the street and blocked the path of the fleeing van. The neighbour, who requested she remain anonymous, told paNOW she approached the van and confronted the driver.
“I said what are you doing, you threw your dog out the window, and she’s like ‘oh no I’m sorry you thought that but I was just letting my dog out for a run and I’m like no you weren’t, it was very clear you were trying to ditch your dog,” the neighbour said.
At this point the small dog caught up to the van and the unknown woman then proceeded to pick it up and drive away. The driver, described as being in her 50s and wearing pajamas, gave no indication where she was going or what she planned to do with the dog.
“I don’t know if she ditched it in the next street,” the neighbour said.
Prince Albert Police have confirmed they are investigating the incident. Meanwhile Prince Albert SPCA manager Ashlee Bober said “thankfully” traumatic incidents like the one Tuesday night are not common news, but added the general act of animals being abandoned does happen a lot in the Prince Albert area.
“You can’t expect that people are going to find them, you know sometimes if you just put a box of kittens on the side of the road, you know bad things will happen,” she said
Bober encouraged anyone who witnesses a situation where there is question to animal cruelty, to contact Saskatchewan Animal Protection. In terms of why someone may abandon their animal, Bober explained the common reasons are people who lack the funds to raise the animal, or did anticipate the work required to care for the animal for their life span ( average 15 years).
“If you can’t care for your animal then reach out to the proper places (SPCA and other rescue organizations,” she said. “Unfortunately all SPCA’s and rescues have their capacity so its not always saying they will have room to take them but we will definitely try our best to help out.”
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