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Dog found in Point au Mal
Melanie Reader of Point au Mal was sad that she couldn’t take on a dog that she finally coaxed into her shed until she got authorities to take it.
“I was heartsick but I couldn’t take on another dog with the little one I have now, who is afraid of larger dogs,” she said.
Reader fears that someone just dropped him off in the small community of Point au Mal, a practice she said has occurred before.
She said the first time she saw this large dog near her home was on Monday of this week and she feared for its welfare, especially with such cold temperatures during the week.
Reader said by Thursday the dog, which could possibly be a Mastiff breed, started getting closer to her house but he would take off whenever she opened the door. With some coaxing using dog food, then dog treats, she got the dog on her step.
But in the end it was her supper of baby-back barbecue ribs that she used to attract the dog into her shed for safekeeping.
“I had a bologna sandwich that evening, but it was worth it,” she said. “The poor thing was starved.”
Reader said she knew it wasn’t a wild dog because every time it came near her house it didn’t even growl, even when her dog was on the other side of the patio door barking at it.
She said a relative helped her in getting the dog in her shed she lit a fire in the stove to keep it warm as she noticed some blood on one of its paws, probably from being out in the cold. She said she called around the community, visited some people about the dog and even put it on Facebook, but nobody knew of this dog. That’s why she believes it was just dropped off.
“If a person can’t take care of an animal, then don’t take it on,” Reader said.
She said a pet is a responsibility and people who have them need to make sure they follow through with it, instead of just dropping it off somewhere and letting it fend for itself. Reader is hoping this dog will end up in the care of a good family.
Police said anyone with information pertaining to this dog is asked to contact the Stephenville RCMP at 643-2118.
Meanwhile, according to a note seen on Facebook, the dog is in the temporary care of a Stephenville woman who is known to care for pets on a regular basis.