The Society for the Protection of Animals in Granby, Que., wants to find out who abused a family of dogs, leaving them to die in a ditch on a country road over the holidays.
A black Labrador retriever and eight of her puppies were found freezing and malnourished on Chemin Stagecoach west of Brome, in Quebec's Eastern Townships, on Dec. 22.
Three of the animals, including the mother, had been shot in the head with a nail gun.
Geneviève Sabourin and her husband, Ken France, rescued the animals after a friend called them at home in neighbouring Knowlton to tell them about the dogs.
"She knows that Ken and I love animals," said Sabourin. Geneviève Sabourin walks the mother of the Labrador puppies she and her husband rescued after someone had punctured the animal's skull with a nail gun.
The couple called the local SPA in Granby, but since it was late and it would take time for them to get to the dogs, Sabourin said she and her husband decided to go see them along the country road
When they arrived, Sabourin said the mother Lab was on the side of the road guarding her puppies who were huddled in a snow-covered ditch behind her.
"As I was petting the top of her head, I was feeling something hard," said Sabourin. "Then slowly the ice melted and I realized it was metal — metal in the head of that little puppy."
SPA staff arrived on the scene, at the intersection of Chemin Stagecoach and Chemin Johnston, to look after the dogs. Sabourin said they told her the puppy ended up dying on the way to the veterinarian and they had found another puppy dead in the ditch, with a nail in its head.