Dog found branded, blind and near death

A wounded dog, dubbed Lucky 191 for the number branded his side, walks with the OSPCA's Paul...

A wounded dog, dubbed Lucky 191 for the number branded his side, walks with the OSPCA's Paul Harrison at the Ontario SPCA in Newmarket Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. (MICHAEL PEAKE/SUN MEDIA)

Kevin Connor, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:34 PM ET

NEWMARKET, Ont. -- They named him Lucky 191.

In a savage case of cruelty being probed by the OSPCA, a three-year-old dog was found abandoned roadside in Aurora, Ont., with the number 191 chemically burned into both sides of its body.

The dog was found near death with head wounds that also caused blindness in one eye.

York Regional Police Const. Netashia McLellan found the hound Sunday afternoon in the Bayview Ave. and Bloomington Rd. E. area, after responding to a 911 call for a dog needing medical aid.

"I'm a dog owner myself," McLellan said Thursday. "It is sad to respond to a call like this.

"I'm upset that someone could do this. He wasn't doing very well and nobody in the neighbourhood recognized him."

OSPCA officials named him Lucky 191. the dog still unsteady on its feet and has suffered unknown trauma, Brad Dewar, of the OSPCA, said.

"When he was found it wasn't clear he would make it," Dewar said. "Time was of the essence. He was happy to see us. He had been without food for some time. We don't want to give him too much food too quickly."

It isn't known why Lucky 191 was branded, but there is speculation that it could have been for hunting purposes.

Lucky 191 will be put up for adoption after recovering fully.

"It is unfortunate to see these types of abuses. It tugs at your heartstrings," Dewar said.

A person convicted of abusing an animal this way could face up to two years in jail and a $60,000 fine.

Anyone with information should call the OSPCA at 1-888-668-7722, ext. 392.


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