Two Cornwallites charged after dog has leg amputated

Ontario SPCA. File photo.

CORNWALL – Two Cornwall residents have been charged with animal cruelty after humane society officers found a dog in such poor health, a veterinarian had to amputate its leg.

Ontario SPCA responded earlier this month to a report of a 7-year-old Shih Tzu with badly matted hair and the dog was in severe pain.

An Ontario SPCA officer took the dog to a vet where an examination discovered the hair was so matted it had created an infection and gangrene was setting in.

On the advice of the vet, the dog had its left hind leg amputated. The Shih Tzu has been surrendered to the SPCA, where the dog is recovering.

A 57-year-old man and 49-year-old woman will appear in court May 23, 2017 to answer to charges of permitting distress to an animal and failing to provide appropriate medical attention.

The SPCA did not release the names of the accused, who will appear in Provincial Offences Act court.

In this Tuesday April 25, 2017 photo provided by the SPCA, this Shih Tzu had its leg amputated after its hair was so matted it developed an infection, according to investigators. Two Cornwallites are facing animal cruelty charges. (OSPCA via Newswatch Group)