When 6 dogs were reported stolen from the back of British Columbia dog walker’s vehicle, thousands of supporters rallied around the families whose four-legged children were missing.
They quickly became known as “The Brookswood 6.” They were Mia – A black and white pit bull, Teemo – A grey Bouvier-Poodle cross, Buddy – A black and white Boston terrier, Oscar – A black and brown Rottweiler-Husky cross, Salty – A Border Collie, and Molly – A grey and black Blue Heeler-shepherd cross. Dog lovers from around the world showed support, donated funds to search efforts, and offered prayers and heartfelt wishes for the dogs’ safe return.
According to dog walker Emma Paulsen, she had placed the 6 dogs in the bed of her covered pickup truck at a Langley, B.C. off-leash dog park and left them unattended while she went to the restroom. She told police when she returned about 10 minutes later, the truck was opened and all 6 dogs were missing.
Five days later, the dog walker stepped forward with the truth. They’d never been to the Langley dog park. The dogs had not been stolen. In fact, the woman entrusted with the care of 5 client’s dogs and her own pet had left all 6 dogs in the back of her covered pick-up truck in a parking lot in Richmond. All 6 dogs died of heat exhaustion.
Upon discovering all 6 dogs deceased, Paulsen drove to Abbotsford, B.C. and dumped all 6 bodies into a ditch.
Petsearchers Canada explains,
…on May 13th, all six dogs were in the back of her vehicle with the side vent windows open and water available, as she had done hundreds of times. Sometime during the outing, all six dogs perished from heatstroke. Upon arriving at the location and Emma seeing her beloved charges deceased, she went into a blind panic at the thought of notifying the families and the possible repercussions. In a complete state of shock and panic, Emma made a desperate attempt to cover up what had happened and concocted a story to explain the loss of the dogs.
No charges have been made against the dog walker.
Outraged pet parents are now petitioning to have Canada’s animal cruelty laws changed in such a way that animals are considered, not just property, but living, breathing, feeling members of the family. View and sign the petition here.
Thousands more signatures are still needed.
Rest in Peace, Brookswood 6.