April 19, 2013 10:20 ET

Emaciated Dog Found Along Bruce Trail in Halton Hills

ORANGEVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 19, 2013) - The Ontario SPCA is seeking information regarding a dead dog found along the Bruce Trail in Halton Hills by a hiker on April 4, 2013.

The dog was found near the parking area for the Bruce Trail on 22nd Sideroad, Halton Hills, just west of 4th Line.

The hiker reported the dead dog to the Town of Halton Hills who then forwarded the report to the Bruce Trail Conservancy.

On April 7, 2013, volunteers buried the dog where it was found.

On April 8, 2013, the situation was reported to the Ontario SPCA by a volunteer of the Bruce Trail Conservancy. The dog was described as being emaciated and that the front and back legs were tied.

On April 9, 2013, an Ontario SPCA Orangeville & District Agent met with a volunteer with the Bruce Trail and the dog body was exhumed.

A male, neutered, tan and white medium-sized, shorthaired dog was found with both front legs and back legs tethered together with red and white string. The dog appeared to be emaciated.

"This is an unfortunate situation and it's very sad to see a case like this," says Senior Inspector Steve Toy. "If anyone is having difficulty in providing for an animal, it's imperative that they contact their local Ontario SPCA or veterinarian."

The dog was brought directly to Guelph's Animal Health Laboratory for a necropsy.

A cause of death has yet to be found and more tests are due to be completed.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Agent Vicki Crocker at 519-942-3140 ext. 24.

The Ontario SPCA reminds pet owners that if you have concerns for the welfare of your animal there are other alternatives than allowing an animal to go without adequate care. Contact your local Ontario SPCA and we can discuss what services are available. To report cruelty please call 1-888-668-7722 or email your concern to cruelty@ospca.on.ca.

Ontario SPCA and Humane Society:

Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario's Animal Welfare organization. A registered charity comprised of over 50 Communities.

Ontario SPCA is mandated under the Ontario SPCA Act to enforce animal welfare legislation and the Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so.

Ontario SPCA provides leadership in animal welfare innovations including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education and Animal Centre.


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