In Saint-Paul-d’Abbotsford, a small town southeast of Montreal, Canada, a man was out for a walk when he heard a dog whimpering. He went in search of the sound and then saw a frightening scene: a paw sticking out of the ground. The man quickly began pushing the dirt away and found a dog, a male Boxer, miraculously still breathing.

The good Samaritan called 911 and officers were dispatched to the scene, as well as an SPCA staff member. The team helped dig the dog completely out of the ground and rushed him to a veterinary clinic.


The dog is in stable, but critical condition. He is now in the hands of the SPCA Montérégie, where he was eating and drinking well. But sadly, his condition took a turn for the worse.

How could someone do this!? The innocent dog has since died from a heart attack, thought to be brought on by the trauma the dog had endured. 



“I’ve been doing this 28 years, and this is the first time I’ve heard of a dog being buried alive,” said the director of the SPCA Montérégie, Linda Robertson said to CBC Canada.


The SPCA believes the dog might have been strangled and then hit with a blunt object before he was wrapped in a blanket and buried. “We’re thinking they thought the dog was dead [when they buried it],” Robertson said to CBC Canada.

Local police are investigating and we hope whoever did this to an innocent dog is found and brought to justice for such a heinous crime. We are thankful that the kind man found the dog and at the very least, the dog was given the best possible care before he passed.

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