08/11/2015 02:02 EDT | Updated 08/11/2015 02:59 EDT

Dog With Casts On Its Front Legs Abandoned On Alberta Roadside

A rescue centre said they had never seen a case like this.

CALGARY - An animal rescue centre is hoping to find answers after a dog with two casts on its front legs was left with a bag of food by the side of the road in southern Alberta.

Rory O'Neill, a behaviourist with Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue, says she's worked for the rescue centre for 15 years, but has never seen such a case.

She says the dog, which had no identification, was found by a man from Morley, Alta., on Sunday.

O'Neill thinks the dog is about 18 months old and may be at least part poodle.

She says the casts looked like the work of a professional vet, and is hoping whoever worked on the dog may come forward with more information.

She says people at the rescue centre suspect the dog may have been abandoned by a backyard breeder "because they don't make any money off of dogs that have been injured to this degree.''

The dog has been dubbed "Afro Man'' because of his long, curly black hair and is currently at a foster home near Canmore, Alta.

O'Neill says he has an x-ray appointment in Calgary on Tuesday, and then he'll be neutered and given up-to-date shots before being put up for adoption.

"He's super sweet, affectionate, he wants to be with people,'' she says.

(Global Calgary)

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