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Neglected lapdog found wandering through Victoria streets; owners identified by SPCA

Aug 09 2012
A 10-year-old Shih Tzu named “Tiny” was found extremely neglected and wandering through the streets of Victoria. Police have located its owners and animal cruelty charges are pending. 

A 10-year-old Shih Tzu named “Tiny” was found extremely neglected and wandering through the streets of Victoria. Police have located its owners and animal cruelty charges are pending.

Photograph by: Submitted Photo , SPCAA tiny dog that was picked up a week ago by a good Samaratan while wandering on Prior Street in Victoria and taken to the SPCA is now in foster care fighting for its life and suffering from years of neglect.

The shih tzu nicknamed “Tiny,” because she is unusually small for the breed, has open sores on her feet and body, the result of heavy matting. She was treated at Elk Lake Veterinary Hospital and is now under 24-hour care at a foster home.

“You couldn’t even see her paws, they were encased in matting,” said B.C. SPCA constable Erika Paul of Tiny’s condition when she was picked up on Aug. 2.

“As they revealed her paws, they were able to see that both her back paws were infected, open and full of maggots.”

A similar open sore near the base of her tail was full of maggots as well, said Paul.

The dog also has severe dental neglect and severe dehydration has led to organ failure. Her toenails were severely overgrown.

“This little girl has been in a lot of pain for a long time,” said Paul on Wednesday.

She has recovered somewhat by receiving fluids through an intravenous tube but has to be fed by hand, either because she’s too sick or her teeth are too painful for her to eat on her own.”

Leaving a dog in this condition is “dispicable,” she added. The SPCA has located the dog’s owner and is recommending charges of neglect and cruelty.

“It is heartbreaking because this poor sweet dog is fighting for her life from conditions that were completely preventable,” Paul said.

Anyone convicted of animal cruelty faces up to five years in jail, a fine of up to $75,000 and a ban on owning animals.

smcculloch@timescolonist.com

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