Abused dog euthanized by Animal Services (From The Toronto Sun - October 17, 2014)
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.
In April 2008, Parliament passed Bill S-203. The Bill increased the jail time and other penalties for animal abuse. Recent headlines show that little has changed.
Offenders and their lawyers continue to exploit flaws and loopholes in the law to get off with a mere slap on the wrist or no penalty at all. The burden of proof that Crown Attorneys, police and SPCA investigators must meet in order to successfully prosecute these crimes is too high since it's virtually impossible to prove that the cruelty was 'wilful' in its intent and 'unnecessary'.
We need modern legislation now!
We need the government of Canada to pass modern and enforceable legislation that protects all animals from cruelty and abuse. Animals matter to Canadians - it's time to reflect this in our laws.