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Social media comments by teen suggest that he left his dog by the Thames River after she died at home

By Megan Stacey, The London Free Press

A local teen has confessed on social media to his role in the case of a dead dog that was discovered frozen on the banks of the Thames River south of Thamesford on Dec. 27.

The OPP and Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are not able to confirm whether there any suspects in the investigation, but said they are following up on comments made online.

A teen whose Facebook profile identifies him as an Ingersoll student wrote on social media that his dog died at home while the family was out at work.

“When we came home she was dead in her cage, her collar got stuck on the floor of her crate cause she tried getting out to see my other dog,” the teen wrote.

He said that he didn’t know what to do, especially because the family does not have a backyard to bury the dog and is unable to afford vet services. The teen also gave a similar confession to another media outlet.

“We are aware of the comments being made on social media and are following up on all leads,” said Melissa Kosowan, spokesperson for the Ontario SPCA. "(We) are awaiting the results of a necropsy on the dog’s body to determine how it died."

The teen himself did not return requests for comment, though he told a local radio station that he feared for his safety and the safety of his family members after threatening comments were made online by other social media users.

Kosowan also reminded residents to call the 310-SPCA or Crimestoppers at

1-800-222-8477 with any tips, and urged people to let the authorities do their work.

“We also want to remind the public not to take the law into their own hands as it could jeopardize the investigation,” she said.

mstacey@postmedia.com