By Nina Kalirai
35-year-old Quang Tieu surrendered himself to police late last week after he was spotted throwing a yorkie puppy, wrapped in plastic bags, into a garbage bin. The puppy was found after passerby Josh Miller heard its cries in the garbage bin outside Lawrence Square shopping centre.
When Miller found the puppy, he said that, “It was 30 degrees that day. It was extremely hot and she was right in the sun in a garbage can in all those bags. I doubt she would have lasted much longer.”
Tieu is facing 2 charges, wilfully causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal and wilful neglect of an animal.
Tieu was seen around 3:40pm on July 11th, approaching the northwest doors of the plaza, discarding the dark bag he was carrying and then entered the plaza. He made a few stops in the plaza, before leaving through the same doors.
Toronto Animal Services searched Tieu’s home, following his arrest, and found 37 other dogs that were covered in urine and feces.
There were 23 adult dogs and 14 puppies Tieu had in the basement of one home and the shed of another.
There are several breeds including Labradors and boxers, all of which are now in the care of the Toronto Animal Services. Toronto Animal Services manager Mary Lou Leiher said the dogs have been bathed and vaccinated, appearing to only have minor health problems such as fleas and ear mites.
Cristina Geston, an associate veteran at the Lawrence Veterinary Clinic, said:
"I wasn’t even sure if the yorkie was alive to start with when I got it. I was hit in the face with an overwhelming smell when I opened the plastic bags, and the 3-month old puppy was borderline comatose and severely dehydrated."
Geston said the yorkie was also suffering from dangerously low blood sugar, and had the owner taken her to a vet or shelter, she would’ve been back to normal in no time.
Toronto Animal Services expects to put the 37 dogs up for adoption once they are fully treated and recovered, with the 3 month old yorkie having already been adopted by a friend of Miller’s wife.