The Ontario SPCA is looking for the owner responsible for a Labrador in Ottawa after it was found nearly starved to death in a parking lot. The dog was found in the Ottawa neighbourhood of Nepean in poor condition. It has since then been taken to a veterinarian where it is receiving the treatment the dog needs.
On February 28, 2019, a member of the community sent in a report to the SPCA after they spotted a dog abandoned in a parking lot on Stonefield Private in Nepean. When the SPCA arrived on the scene they noticed that he was extremely emaciated as the dog's hips, spine, and ribs were all very visible and he was in poor condition.
The dog was rushed to a veterinarian who examined the dog and is now giving it the treatment that it needs. The status of the dog after receiving treatment has not yet been released.
The dog was not wearing a collar and did not have a microchip which means that the owner of the dog is still unknown. The Ontario SPCA is asking members of the community to come forward if they have information on who this dog may have belonged to.
The dog is reported as a "brindle-coloured Labrador-type cross" and is only between one and two years of age. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Ontario SPCA hotline at 310-7722.
According to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, any individual who commits an act of cruelty to an animal can face up to $60,000 worth of fines and imprisonment for up to two years.
Of course, this depends on the charges that are laid on the pet owner, and sometimes the penalty can result in much less. The minimum charge for an animal related offense is a fine of $1,000 or 30 days of imprisonment.
Unfortunately, this isn't the first time this year that the Ontario SPCA has had to deal with a case like this. Just last month, the Ontario SPCA issued a report seeking the owner of another dog that was found in rough shape in Newmarket.
In that case, a female poodle was delivered to Newmarket animal services by a member of the public who stated they found the dog on a street alone. The dog was suffering from a broken jaw, dental disease, and a tumour.
Due to the condition that this dog was found in, veterinarians were not able to rescue her and she was euthanized due to her injuries.
To report any animal cruelty concerns you can call the Ontario SPCA's province-wide hotline at 310-7722.