abused dog
Credit: Toronto Animal Services

After what is being hailed as the worse case of animal abuse that animal services in Toronto have ever seen, authorities as well as the Ontario SPCA are on the hunt for the culprit. They urge the public to aid in their search for an animal abuser that tortured a young puppy so badly that it had to be humanely euthanized.

On October 17th, a young Black Labrador puppy was found in an alley on Jane Street in the North York district of Toronto. Toronto Animal Services were immediately shocked upon the scene. The young pup had an elastic band around his muzzle that had caused extreme swelling and prevented the dog from opening his mouth, but that was far from the extent of his injuries. Animal services picked up the pooch and immediately transferred him to a veterinary clinic for treatment and further assessment. Upon further inspection, the dog also suffered from multiple broken ribs and chemical burns on his body, head, ears and feet. The chemical burns were estimated to cover around 30% of his body.

Although the dog was given pain killers, he was described as still whimpering in pain. The extent of the injuries was just too much and it was deemed that even with extensive medical attention, this young pup would not survive much longer. The veterinary clinic made the decision to humanely euthanize the pup so he could at last have some peace.

Clinic veterinarian Dr. Stephanie Sterling made this statement to police officials after assessing the dog, “I’ve worked here for about four-and-a-half years and this is the most severe case of animal abuse I have seen. This was extremely upsetting for all of us here at animal services. I suspect there was some blunt trauma to the dog, it may have been kicked or hit with something and I suspect there were burns possibly from a chemical poured over the dog.”

Now Ontario police officials have teamed up with the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to find the abuser and prevent this from happening to any other animal. The party involved in this abuse face two years in prison, a $60,000 fine and will be banned from any contact with animals for life.

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