On 29 April, a group of young girls discovered the body of a German Shepherd in a channel near Merritt Park Amphitheatre in Welland, Ontario. The girls believed it to be a raccoon at first, and were horrified to realize it was a dog.

“I called my mom and told her to call the Humane Society to come and get her,” said thirteen-year-old Jasmine Julien who took pictures of the dog and posted them to Facebook, hoping to find the dog’s owner. “How could someone do something like this to a dog?”

The District Humane Society’s agency veterinarian found two holes in the dog’s head that might be bullet wounds. In addition, the dog was found with rope wrapped around its neck and all four legs. It is believed that the dog was tied up first and then shot, and that she had been in the water for less than 48 hours. Judging by her teeth, the dog was under four years of age.

Despite the pictures going viral on Facebook, the owner still has not been found. The dog did not have a microchip or any other identifying ownership tattoos.

Welland and District Humane Society executive director John Greer urge anyone with information about the dog to call the Humane Society at 905-735-1552.

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