Spiritleaf Cannabis in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood experienced a “disturbing” incident last weekend when a man sprayed an unknown substance into a community water bowl located outside the pot store.
Michael Catalfamo, owner of the Queen St.-Broadview Ave. area outlet, said Tuesday the man was spotted around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. A witness alerted the store’s staff members, who contacted police.
“We did dump the water before any dogs could be potentially harmed,” said Catalfamo.
“But it was disturbing to see that somebody intentionally sprayed something into the water bowl. As soon as my employee alerted me that happened, I contacted police and the police came and filed a report,” he added. “Nobody that works at the shop recognized him.”
A Toronto Police spokesperson said their investigation was ongoing.
Catalfamo added he was not aware of any similar incidents in the generally dog-friendly neighbourhood.
“There’s been no attacks on dogs that I’m aware of,” he said. “But definitely some interesting characters with what appears to be maybe some mental health issues.”
Store security video shows a man in a black-and-white hooded coat approach Spiritleaf.
Sporting a neon green bag and a red backpack, he passes the store before returning. Video shows the man open a container and spray an unknown substance into the water bowl.
“Maybe it was nothing, and I’m hoping it was nothing,” said Catafalmo, who added his shop has a wall of dog photos supplied by neighbourhood customers.
“You can’t take any risks. I just wanted to make people aware that this did occur. For us, it’s really disturbing that somebody could have potentially harmed a dog.”
Catafalmo described the man as white, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, with a medium build and scruffy facial hair.