One year ago a man out for a walk with his dog in Windsor, Ontario, Canada came across a gruesome discovery. A small dog had been left for dead lying in the grass, his muzzle, paws, and neck bound tightly with electrical tape.
Veterinarians agreed that without the intervention of this Good Samaritan, “Justice” wouldn’t have survived more than a few more hours, as the abused dog was having difficulty breathing and his paws were extremely swollen. Multiple surgeries were necessary to get Justice to the point where he could enjoy a normal life.
Since his rescue, Justice, a 6-year-old Patterdale terrier, has become a spokesdog against animal cruelty. The Windsor/Essex County Humane Society that took him in created a stuffed Justice mascot doll, available for $30. Money taken in from the sales are used to fund animal cruelty and welfare investigations.
His tormentor was sentenced to two years in prison, three years probation and was banned from owning or living with animals for 25 years after pleading guilty. Windsor/Essex County Humane Society executive direct Melanie Coulter told ABC News this was the strongest sentence ever in a Canadian cruelty case verdict, adding
“In previous years we have sold stuffed animals as ‘virtual adoptions’ of animals in the shelter during the holidays. But this year, the animal everyone wanted to adopt was Justice, so we thought we would make a stuffed animal in his likeness instead. The funds from the sale of these dolls go to help fund cruelty and welfare investigations. Justice was definitely a ‘spokesdog’ for awareness of animal cruelty.”
Justice has come a long way from that day when he was found near death. One operation required dead tissue be removed and the inside of his mouth was stitched to keep the healthy tissue together. Those days of pain and abuse are behind him now. Justice was adopted into a loving family, where he’s smothered daily with hugs and kisses.
The Windsor/Essex County Humane Society posted on their Facebook community page December 1 that Justice dolls are sold out at this time. Since their website shows the dolls are ‘out of stock’, there’s a possibility more will be made available in the future. Windor/Essex, you did a great job in providing this sweet little guy with a new life while simultaneously helping fund future investigations to ensure the safety of pets in your area.
Windor/Essex, you did a great job in providing this sweet little guy with a new life while simultaneously helping fund future investigations to ensure the safety of pets in your area.