09/15/2015 04:04 EDT | Updated 09/15/2015 04:59 EDT

Dog Euthanized After Being Left In Diaper Box Near Kitimat, B.C.

B.C. RCMP are hoping to track down whoever left the pup there.

TERRACE, B.C. — RCMP in northwestern B.C. hope the public can help them trace the person who put a small dog in a box and left it to die in the woods.

Cpl. Dave Tyreman says the sick and severely dehydrated dog was found Sunday by a passerby near Copper River, outside Kitimat.

The little animal, which resembles a Maltese, had been placed in a diaper box and police estimate it was there for at least two days.

The pup was taken to a vet in Kitimat where it was diagnosed with an eye infection and several other medical problems.

Tyreman says the decision was made to euthanize the black and white male, but he says its owner should never have allowed it to suffer in such a way.

RCMP in Terrace want to speak to anyone who may be able to identify the dog or lead police to the person who abandoned it.

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