Someone abandoned a blind, diabetic dog at a Northeast Calgary pet store and now Humane Society law enforcement officers are looking for a woman captured in the store’s security footage.
The dog had to be put down due to poor health and “very poor prognosis due to untreated diabetes,” the Humane Society said in a press release Thursday.
“Diabetic animals that are not treated suffer tremendously,” the statement said. “Veterinarians have determined that the dog should be euthanized to end his suffering.”
The dog was abandoned on February 21 at the Sunridge Petland store.
On Thursday, the Calgary Humane Society released an image from store surveillance cameras of a woman who appeared to have something “hidden in her jacket.”
“Within minutes, she leaves with the jacket loose and open,” the statement said. “A short time later, store staff discovered a blind, immobile dog left behind.”
The dog was seized by the humanitarian society.
“While some may see this as semi-responsible abandonment because it was done inside a pet store, it is still irresponsible, inappropriate and criminal,” said Brad Nichols, Animal Cruelty Investigations Manager. of the Humane Society, in a press release.
“There are a multitude of veterinary clinics in the area, as well as the services of the Calgary Humane Society which could have been used rather than throwing an elderly, blind dog into an unfamiliar environment.”
Nichols said the Humane Society wanted to speak to the woman in the video “to better understand the actions taken” that day, and hopes the public can help identify her.
If you have information about this case, the Humane Society asks you to contact them at 403-205-4455 or calgaryhumane.ca.