VANCOUVER — The two-year-old German Shepherd left for dead in a dumpster Wednesday was once a police dog candidate but deemed too friendly, the B.C. SPCA said Thursday.
Preliminary tests showed the dog will likely be a quadriplegic after what appears to be a vicious attack, said Marcie Moriarty, SPCA Manager of cruelty investigations.
“We can’t rule out the possibility he was hit by a car, but evidence is suggesting it was caused by a person. He didn’t jump into the dumpster himself,” Moriarty said.
The pup was found in a dumpster in Kitsilano on the 1400 block of Maple Street on Wednesday. He was underweight and wrapped in a bloody blanket covering his bruises and lacerations. A vet exam showed the dog has spinal cord damage and air around his lungs and is not likely to recover.
“We’re praying for a miracle, but his injuries are significant,” Moriarty said.
The SPCA with Vancouver Police have identified the animal’s owner but have not made contact yet, Moriarty said. He has had more than one owner, according to information stored on the dog’s microchip.
Under the Criminal Code, the maximum penalty for animal cruelty causing death is up to five years in jail and a lifetime ban on owning pets. A fine can also be imposed of up to $10,000.