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Surrey dog recovering from 'horrific' beating

02/16/2015 12:58 EST | Updated 04/18/2015 05:59 EDT
A Surrey, B.C., man says he is horrified after his dog was brutally beaten and abused by someone after it ran away over the weekend.

Ryan Westaway says his three-year-old black Labrador named Ryder ran away on Saturday after his three-year-old son accidentally let the dog out.

When Ryder did not return Westaway called the SPCA. He received a call later that day that the dog had been spotted near Chimney Heights School.

Westaway says police told him on Sunday that Ryder had been found stabbed and beaten in someone's home during an investigation. Police have not yet released any information about the investigation.

The dog survived the beating, but was badly abused. Westaway says he and Ryder were reunited on Sunday.

"He heard my voice and he ran right up to me. I couldn't even recognize him. He looked horrific. His eyes were closed shut completely," said Westaway.

Ryder expected to survive

When Westaway took Ryder to the vet, he learned someone had tried to stuff several items down his dog's throat and into his eyes.

"They told he was badly poked in the eye with jewellery, earrings, rings, hit in the head and eyes with a hammer and fed objects down his throat and his mouth was taped shut."

"We opened his mouth and he had major lacerations to his throat, deep lacerations by either a knife, to me it looks like some kind of sharp object."

Veterinarian Dr. Baljit Mrar opened up Ryder's stomach and found a large pendant, four lighters, a fish hook, and even a SIM card.

"Even we found some raisins in his stomach, which are toxic to dogs and it causes renal failure," said Mrar.

Westaway said he can't believe anyone would do that to an animal.

"I was shocked. I thought, who would beat my beautiful three-year-old lab?"

"I'm overly concerned that this person lives in this area, would ever do this...If they could do this to a dog, what would she do to a person, or a child?"

Ryder is still in an animal hospital but is expected to survive.

"I do thank the police officers, because if they never went into that house, we would have never seen our dog again. And he would have died a horrific death."

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