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Man charged in dog death

By Sara Carson, Orillia Packet & Times



A 20-year-old Orillian has been charged in the death of a small dog found in an Orillia parking lot.

Around 11 a.m. Dec. 23., a dead three-year-old brown pug/shih tzu cross was discovered in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 17 Coldwater Rd. W. with signs of trauma to its body.

Steve McGinn — arrested Jan. 3 — has been charged with breaking and entering, killing/injuring an animal and breach of probation.

McGinn is not the dog’s owner, Orillia OPP Sgt. Sharron Brown said.

Information given to police revealed the owner lived at a nearby Albert Street North address.

Brown said she didn’t know how McGinn was connected to the dog. She could not say why or how the dog was killed, either.

“That is part of the evidence that is before the courts right now,” she said. “...That’s not something I can speak to right now.”

Unrelated to the dog death, McGinn has also been charged with assaulting a male, Brown said.

“This incident occurred on the same evening the dog incident occurred,” she said. “We believe it was later in the evening.”

Police said McGinn attended a residence on Mississaga Street and became involved in an incident.

“...As a result, (he) ended up assaulting a male party and he was charged with that,” Brown said.

McGinn has been held for bail. He was scheduled to appear in court Friday to face all charges.

Twitter: @Sara_VRoss

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