The owners of a dog want answers after it appears their pet was tossed and trapped in a trash bin.
Donna Fourre’s pug Charlie snuck out through an ajar door at her east-end home on Sunday evening without anyone noticing. When Fourre woke up the next morning and didn’t see her seven-year-old dog, she just assumed he was sleeping in one of her son’s rooms.
It wasn’t until her concerned son called Fourre on Monday afternoon that the family realized Charlie wasn’t home.
During that time, it appears the dog — which has a hearing impairment — was placed in Fourre’s nearly empty garbage bin in the back lane. Fourre is convinced someone had to have put him there.
“There’s no way he could have climbed up,” she told the Sun Tuesday. “Somebody did this, there’s no way my pug could have jumped into one of those bins.
“I can’t believe someone just threw him in a garbage bin.”
Charlie wasn’t discovered until Monday night, when the family was cleaning up dinner.
Twice Fourre heard her dog’s distinct barking around dinner time, but couldn’t figure out where it was coming from.
When her husband went to take out the trash, he opened their bin to find the pug — dehydrated and hungry, but otherwise healthy.
“After dinner, I got my husband to take the garbage out and he said, ‘Oh my god, Charlie was in the garbage bin,’” she said. “I’m just thankful yesterday wasn’t a really hot day.”
In a Facebook post, a group calling itself Brandon and Area Lost Animals (BALA) is asking for information about who may have put Charlie into the bin, which is between Dennis Street and Russell Street, near Louise Avenue.
“If you have any information, please private message BALA through Facebook or contact the Brandon City Police dispatch for animal services (at) 204-729-2345,” the post reads.
“There was somebody up to no good,” said Kelly Pettinger of the Brandon Police Service’s animal control unit. “Whether it was kids or adults, it’s hard to know.”
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 4, 2014