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Reward for leads on dog’s death up to $7,500

The reward being offered for information leading to an arrest in the death of a black Labrador that was found in a dumpster last month has been increased to $7,500.

By Stephanie Waddell on April 1, 2015

The reward being offered for information leading to an arrest in the death of a black Labrador that was found in a dumpster last month has been increased to $7,500.

Kona’s Coalition head Jordi Mikeli-Jones said Tuesday afternoon that since the organization began taking donations to offer a reward for information leading to an arrest in the case, numerous Yukoners have come forward to help the cause.

They have noted their desire to help in some way after news of the discovery surfaced.

“I think it’s just incredible,” Mikeli-Jones said of the donations that have flooded in.

Whitehorse RCMP and city bylaw officers were called to the site – a dumpster in the Marwell area next to the Copper Road Veterinary Clinic – when a witness noticed a dog’s leg in the dumpster.

At that time, bylaw officials said it was evident the dog had been dead for some time before the carcass was dumped and an investigation was underway.

On Tuesday, bylaw officer Tom Wyers said the bylaw department will turn its file over to the RCMP this week as the seriousness of the situation warrants looking at it under the Criminal Code of Canada.

Kona’s Coalition also began its own fund-raising campaign and investigation shortly after the discovery, alleging it to be the “worst case of animal cruelty in Yukon history.”

It described a number of scars on the carcass indicating long-term abuse, and noted a leg had been severed from the body.

It also appeared the dog had been shot at close range, a bullet entering behind its ear and coming out the front of the its head.

While Kona’s Coalition had named the dog Jane, Mikeli-Jones said Tuesday she has since learned the Lab’s name was Tulie.

In an update provided on social media and as a flyer, Mikeli-Jones said she had been able to track down Tulie’s last known owner thanks to the leads she had received.

Sticking to her promise of anonymity for her sources, she said she has information about the dog up until last October.

Tulie was born in Carcross on May 13, 2014 and adopted to a couple sometime between Aug. 8 and 26.

“I am happy to report that for the time she was in their care, she was treated very well and LOVED! This woman went to help a friend clean out her house on Taylor Street.

“As she was bleaching the floors, she put Tulie outside at a neighbouring house, as they had a rope tied to a cement block.

“She could hear Tulie whining. She only had her outside for 20 minutes, noticed it was quiet, and went outside to discover Tulie had been dognapped.”

After the dog disappeared in mid-October 2014, the owner canvassed the neighbourhood, put up posters in it and contacted animal shelters, but never found Tulie.

That’s as far as Mikeli-Jones has been able to get on the case.

The woman has since moved away from the territory, though Mikeli-Jones was able to track her down and speak with her.

“She was just horrified,” Mikeli-Jones said. “She’s just beside herself with grief.”

It is a small comfort to know Tulie did know human love during her brief life, Mikeli-Jones said.

Kona’s Coalition is continuing to ask for information it will then pass on to authorities in an effort to learn about what happened to Tulie after mid-October.

Many Yukoners have generously donated to the reward fund, distributed flyers and offered their support in finding out what happened to the dog.

However, Mikeli-Jones said there have been a few negative comments from some who have noted, “it’s just a dog” and questioned why anyone would donate to the cause.

As Mikeli-Jones argued though, the extent of what happened to Tulie warrants a full investigation to find out.

There’s someone out there who did this, she pointed out, and they could do it again.

She noted the discussion around Tulie has led to a broader community discussion around animal treatment – specifically the recent suspected poisonings of dogs that appear to be happening in the Porter Creek area (see story below).

While Kona’s Coalition continues its work around Tulie, it’s also beginning work on a lobby campaign that will be aimed at stronger legislation at all government levels around animal cruelty.

Mikeli-Jones said if Tulie’s case does not lead to a reward the money raised will go into working to bring about legislative reform on animal cruelty.

Kona’s Coalition is also continuing with a number of other efforts.

Those include its Safe Haven program, which will launch shortly to provide temporary homes for animals coming from homes where women and children are leaving due to domestic violence.

Comments (11)

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Sharron Tisdale on Apr 3, 2015 at 9:23 am

These animals are here for us to look after not mistreat. If they found a woman beside a dumpster they would get a reward going if they could not find anything out about her. She also has the law on her side to find the perp. who did this to her it is compulsory to find her killer. This poor dog does not have that. The only way to get information is to pay for it (reward). People should not need a reward to report the maniac that did this it should be reported voluntarily but this does not happen. For the life of me I do not know why. Please keep up the good work and find this fiend.

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Sharron on Apr 3, 2015 at 12:10 am

This is horrifying, If they don't catch this sick son of a B-- We will have more dogs tortured. Next it will be children, then anyone the sick # can get there hands on. If anyone has any information about this horrendous act please tell the authorities as you will save a lot of innocent animals and maybe a few human lives because it just grows from here.

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just do it on Apr 2, 2015 at 4:30 pm

WCO--feel free to start your own fundraiser for the battered woman outside of the dumpster if that's your cause. That's what these people did. They did it all on their own. Anyone can do it, you should too if you're so concerned/offended.

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WCO on Apr 2, 2015 at 11:23 am

Seriously all this for a dog. If you find a battered woman laying near a dumpster are you going to put out a reward for information? Not likely.

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Michele on Apr 1, 2015 at 9:21 pm

This poor dog was still a living being. I just hope someone out there has noticed a neighbour or friend that suddenly had a black lab for 4 months and just as suddenly it was gone. I know if I knew anyone that even said they were looking after one I'd report even that right now. We love our dogs like family and each one has a different personality. I hope this killer is caught and punished.

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Jody Studney on Apr 1, 2015 at 7:58 pm

It's NOT just a dog. She was a vulnerable living creature who was subjected to horrific torture by someone(s) that got something out of it. That 'something' should have everyone invested in finding the monster(s).

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Barbara Daley on Apr 1, 2015 at 5:58 pm

The person who did this deserves the death penalty. But torture them first like they did that poor dog

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Susan oakford on Apr 1, 2015 at 5:50 pm

We need to legislate stronger commitments to the safety and protection of all animals. I don't believe canada has stiff enough penalties for animal abusers. Things need to change!!!

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james skinner on Apr 1, 2015 at 5:20 pm

There is no such thing as just a dog so to the people who said that I hope someday you will pay for the way you think. You are not much of a person to even say stuff like that. I have a dog it's not just a dog it's family and when the day comes and we have to part from her this house will be nothing but tears and crying. But the main thing is, we have so many people who are looking for the person who did this and that makes a lot of good people to some of you idiots who think the way you do. I want to send thanks to those people who look after animals and treat them good.

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Angelica on Apr 1, 2015 at 4:31 pm

Cruelty to animals transitions into cruelty to humans. Authorities, please catch the perpetrator/s and lay the full extent of the law: make an example for other psychopaths and educate members of the community to get help for mental illnesses ... PLEASE!

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Louise on Apr 1, 2015 at 4:20 pm

This is wonderful effort this group is making.

Those making negative comments should be informed about the "link". A person that does this to an animal will quite likely commit violence against a human.

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