01/26/2014 04:16 EST | Updated 01/26/2014 04:59 EST

Dead Dog Found Near Taber Was Beaten, Shot, RCMP Say

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RCMP say they have identified persons of interest after a dog was found dead and tied to a fence post on a rural property near Taber.

The dog was found Friday with wounds to the head and body, and further investigation revealed the animal was shot and beaten with a blunt object.

RCMP say they are investigating the possible case of animal cruelty and no further details have been provided.

Anyone with information is asked to contacted Taber Vauxhall RCMP at 403-223-4447 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

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