Ontario SPCA seeks information from the public about dog found covered in burns


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Orillia, ON (November 21, 2017) – The Ontario SPCA is seeking information from the public about a dog that was found with injuries near Bass Lake Side Road East and Atlantis Drive in Orillia.

A passerby driving through the area on the night of November 10, 2017 found the black and tan male Rottweiler-type dog lying in the snow, with wounds on his face, back, legs, paws and hind end.

The dog, estimated to be between six and eight months old, was taken to the Oro-Medonte animal control shelter by the individual who found him. A veterinary examination revealed the dog was in poor body condition, was suffering from severe dehydration and had unknown trauma over his entire body, particularly on his muzzle, eyes, ears, back, paws and legs. The injuries are thought to have been caused by chemical burns or thermal burns from a heat source, such as an open flame. The veterinarian estimated that the dog sustained the injuries approximately two weeks prior to being found.

“We want to determine who owns this dog and how it sustained these injuries,” says Arista Wogenstahl, Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “We are asking anyone who might know something about this dog, or who may have witnessed anything unusual in that area, to come forward.”The dog, which is unneutered and has a docked tail, was not wearing a collar and is not microchipped. He is currently undergoing treatment for his injuries.

If you have any information that could assist in this investigation, please call 310-SPCA (7722) immediately.

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Melissa Kosowan
Ontario SPCA

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