Ontario woman’s dog euthanized after being found severely beaten in backyard on leash

Amber Kimmerly says her poodle Ozzy had to be euthanized after it was found severely beaten in her backyard. Amber Kimmerly

Police have launched an investigation into the beating of a Windsor, Ont. woman’s poodle, after it had to be euthanized when it was found with serious injuries in her backyard while tied to a leash.

Amber Kimmerly told Global News she put her dog Ozzy outside her home on Lassaline Avenue on Wednesday around 5 p.m. and then tended to her newborn baby.

“I heard my dog yelping so I came running down the stairs and when I came down the stairs I saw him outside curled up in a ball next to my step out back,” she said.

“I picked him up and brought him in the house and he was bleeding from his face and his mouth.”

Kimmerly said she brought Ozzy to Walker Road Animal Hospital in Windsor to be treated, but the extent of his injuries were too severe.

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“He didn’t want anybody touching him, he was really scared,” she said, adding that she was initially given an estimate of about $800 for sutures and antibiotic treatment.

“And then after that they gave him a bit of sedation to try and get him to relax they noticed that his jaw had been broken and it would have been a couple thousand dollars just to help him and obviously I don’t have that type of money — I just had a baby.”

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Kimmerly said veterinarians told her the best course of action would be to put Ozzy “out of his misery” due to the fact that he had a broken jaw, broken teeth and required extensive surgery.

The new mother said she had “no idea” who would attack Ozzy, adding she didn’t see anyone when she rushed into her backyard after hearing him yelp but she suspects it wasn’t an animal attack.

“Honestly, it doesn’t look like it was an animal attack the way his face was ripped open,” she said.

“I don’t think another dog would be able to break his jaw, break the teeth, knock teeth out of his mouth.”

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Windsor police said Thursday that they would be launching an investigation into the animal attack and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

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“I hope they can find someone and figure out what happened to my dog — this isn’t fair,” Kimmerly said.

“It shouldn’t have been taken out on my dog, he’s innocent. It’s not fair.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Windsor Police at 519-255-6700 ext. 4305, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS), online at, or by submitting a tip on Facebook.

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