News Release: October 17, 2014
City of Toronto seeks the public's help to find person who severely abused a dog
The City of Toronto is asking for the public's help in determining who severely abused a young, male, black labrador mix that was so badly injured that it had to be euthanized.
Toronto Animal Services picked up the dog last Friday after it was found on a residential property in the Jane/Finch area of the city. The resident recognized that the dog was in distress. It had an elastic band around its muzzle, which caused severe swelling, and an injured ear. The dog was taken to Toronto Animal Services' partner clinic the same day, where further tests and treatments were done. It was discovered the dog had multiple broken ribs and burns – possibly chemical in nature – to its head, ears, feet and approximately 30 per cent of its body.
The dog was taken to Toronto Animal Services' partner clinic the same day and was managed with antibiotics and pain medication.
The dog was returned to the north shelter on October 15 and then sent to an emergency and referral veterinary clinic for attention from an internal medicine specialist.
Unfortunately, it was determined that the dog was unable to recover from its severe injuries and it was euthanized yesterday afternoon. The body was sent to a veterinary laboratory for a post-mortem examination.
Toronto Animal Services has reported the case to the Toronto Police Service and the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA).
Animal Services asks that any resident with information about this dog or any other animal abuse call CrimeStoppers through Tattletails, a program developed to encourage the reporting of animal abuse/neglect, at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
This news release is also available on the City's website: http://bit.ly/1wQiOQN
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