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Abused dog euthanized by Animal Services
By Don Peat , City Hall Bureau Chief
First posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 04:09 PM EDT | Updated: Friday, October 17, 2014 07:29 PM EDT
TORONTO - City of Toronto officials are asking for the public’s help in finding out who left a dog with burns and broken bones so severe it had to be euthanized.
The city issued the appeal for information about the abused dog — a young, male, black labrador mix — on Friday.
Three horrific photos showing the toll of the abuse were also provided by the city.
The photos show the whites of the dog’s eyes were blood red, its snout swollen, the left side of its mouth was puffy and inflamed and scabs covered burns over its ears and face.
The dog was picked up by Toronto Animal Services on Oct. 10, after a homeowner found it in distress on a property near Jane and Finch.
“It had an elastic band around its muzzle, which caused severe swelling, and an injured ear,” city officials said.
After further tests and treatment, animal services found the dog had multiple broken ribs and burns to around 30% of its body including its head, ears and feet. Officials believe the burns may be chemical burns but the cause has yet to be confirmed.
Dr. Stephanie Sparling, a veterinarian with Toronto Animal Services, said the burns turned out to be very severe.
“There was dead tissue and infection,” Sparling told the Sun on Friday.
The dog was given antibiotics and pain medication but on Oct. 15, after being examined by an internal medicine specialist, it was determined the dog would be unable to recover from its injuries.
“This is probably the most severe case (of animal abuse) that I’ve seen,” Sparling said.
“It is very hard. All of us that work in the Toronto Animal Services shelter, we love animals and we want them to have good homes, we want them to be treated well.
“It is just really sad for us to see a case like this where an animal is so mistreated.”
The incident has been reported to the Toronto Police and the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Any resident with information about the dog is asked to call Crime Stoppers Tattletails line — a program developed to report animal abuse and neglect — at 1-800-222-TIPS.
This severely abused black lab was put down by the City of Toronto's Animal Services on Oct. 15, five days after it was found near Jane St. and Finch Ave. W.

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