Euthanization has been deemed the only option for a severely neglected dog picked up by a Brant County SPCA animal control officer last Wednesday.
In a media release issued on Monday, SPCA officials said an approximately 10-year-old male Lhasa Apso cross with tan and white fur was found on Herbert Street with hair matted so badly it needed to be shaved before a veterinarian could make an assessment of its medical problems.
“Situations like this are sadly too common and someone needs to be held responsible for allowing this animal to suffer,” said Ian Harrower, an animal cruelty investigator with the Brant County SPCA.
The dog was suffering the effects of severe neglect in its eyes, teeth and mouth. It also had an umbilical hernia and infections on both of its front legs. A veterinarian determined the dog’s eyes were so dry they could not produce tears.
The animal had ulcers in both eyes and its corneas were completely covered by a dark pigment. It is believed the dog had very little, if any, vision left.
The SPCA is appealing to the public for information about the individual or individuals responsible for the neglect of the dog. Anyone with information is asked to contact the SPCA at 519-756-6620.