The City of Surrey and the SPCA are seeking the public's help in locating the owner of a puppy who was found in a bush with "severe rope burns" around its snout. The injuries are believed to be caused by a muzzle, said a city news release.
Marcie Moriarty, general manager of cruelty investigations at the BC SPCA, couldn't confirm whether a rope or a muzzle had been placed on the dog's mouth but said an object would have to be placed "exceptionally hard" to cause those kinds of injuries.
"The injuries sustained around the face were absolutely very serious, especially due to the infection that had set in," she told The Huffington Post B.C.
"There is a possibility that the dog has some other skin ailments, given the fact that the poor puppy's only six weeks old and has suffered quite a lot in her short time."
Kim Marosevich at the Surrey Animal Care Centre told CTV that the puppy was brought in earlier in the week by a member of the public who found her lying in bushes on the side of the road near 106 Avenue and 137A Street.
The SPCA is currently investigating an address associated with the animal and considering charges of causing unnecessary pain and suffering to animals, the Province reported.
"The first step is following up on any potential leads on where the puppy came from, questioning the owner to make a determination as to whether the owner caused it, how did this puppy come to be in the situation that she was," Moriarty told The Huffington Post B.C.
Last month, newborn kittens were found abandoned in a cooler on a sunny sidewalk in Surrey. Some of the animals still had their umbilical cords attached.