William Wong posing with one of his submarine prototypes.
Toronto, Canada – William Wong in the city of Pickering, east of Toronto, was arrested yesterday afternoon on animal cruelty charges. He is suspected of drowning fourteen cats in a miniature submarine, purportedly built for his son’s school science fair.
It was Mr. Wong’s neighbour who alerted the police after discovering the submarine in the bottom of her pool. She immediately knew who the boat belonged to as it had the name USS Wong IV painted on its bow.
Police officers responding to the scene discovered Mr. Wong’s 7-year-old son, poolside, with a fishing rod. It appears he was trying to save their family Basset Hound, which had been sent in to the water to help retrieve the submarine. Mr. Wong’s son, being a minor, was not arrested for the tragic cat and dog drownings.
The Toronto Police Service (TPS) is now urging all residents in the Greater Toronto Area to check swimming pools and city fountains for miniature submarines. Authorities believe USS Wong I, II and III are yet to be discovered. Further charges have not been ruled out.
ADS Evening Chronicle – September 30, 2011