A Quebecer vigorously denounces the scourge of stolen parcels in Montreal, she who now implores the thieves of her dog's urn to return her ashes.
“When I saw that the package was not in front of my door, there was panic. I searched everywhere. I especially wonder how we can deliver ashes without asking for a signature from the customer, ”laments Lydia Yakonowsky.
This resident of rue Saint-Dominique, in the Plateau-Mont-Royal, had to euthanize her dog on April 30 due to health problems. The ashes of Boris, a Pekingese who has accompanied him for the past 13 years, were due to arrive in a package on May 13.
“We euthanized him at home. The veterinarian then retired. It was his last act. He assured me that the ashes would arrive by post. Already, it worried me because there are lots of thefts here, ”explains Ms. Yakonowsky to the Journal, still in shock.
Remember that the authorities have been warning Quebecers against the theft of packages for months. The Journal had also revealed last December that more and more Montrealers are now installing cameras to capture petty criminals in the act.
They were warned
It is the company Incimal Inc, a crematorium in Berthierville specializing in the cremation of pets in Quebec, which was to take care of the remains of Boris.
“The company called me before the delivery. I required a signature from the delivery person to be sure to have the ballot box. They told me it was impossible, but they agreed to ask the delivery man to hide the package behind the trashcan,” says the Montrealer.
Despite directions and warnings, Boris' ashes were placed outside his door and not hidden behind a bin. Lydia Yakonowsky even received a photo from the carrier Dicom in support.
Result? The worst scenario imagined by Ms. Yakonowsky has occurred. “Someone stole it. I found the gutted box further down my street. I also found the bill for the crematorium and Boris's necklace. But the ashes and the urn have disappeared”, she mentions.
Cry of the heart
The Montrealer claims that she has filed a complaint with the Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) to find the culprits.
She also put up posters in her neighborhood to find Boris' ballot box. Lydia Yakonowsky mentions that she is ready to offer compensation.
“Finding his ashes would help me better mourn. It's not replaceable. It's the only thing I wouldn't have wanted to be stolen," she says.
Contacted on this subject, the company Incimal was stingy with comments.
“The company finds the situation deplorable, but cannot comment because of the intention expressed by the client to initiate legal proceedings,” say Katy and André Loiselle, at the head of the crematorium.