WINCHESTER – The Winchester Press has learned that the region’s canine control officer is investigating after the remains of a dog were found buried among the trash in a dumpster outside a village retail store.

The discovery came on Fri., Oct. 27 when a Dollarama employee was taking garbage to the receptacle in the rear of the Winchester Crossing Plaza.

Kevin Casselman confirmed with the Press that he was contacted by the Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry OPP after the dog’s corpse was found. 

“Now I need to track down how it got there,” he said on Mon., Oct. 30.

Casselman told the Press that he still had the dog’s remains in his possession, and had just received some useful information that would likely break the case open further.

He didn’t want to comment on specifics or suspects until his lead was followed up on. Ultimately, the region’s Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals branch will likely be brought in to press charges.

As for the dog in question, it was a beagle breed, wearing a red harness and wrapped in a red blanket, according to a caller to this paper who wished to remain anonymous. A large growth was also visible on one of the dog’s hind legs.

The specifics were passed along to the caller from a friend who works at Pet Valu, which is located in the same plaza.

“It’s such a sad thing that somebody has done – really cruel and disrespectful,” the caller said. “It’s deplorable.”