Animal Cruelty Investigation Launched After Rubber Band Tied Around Abused Poodle's Snout

A suffering poodle was rescued Tuesday after a good Samaritan found the dog with a rubber band tightly bound around his mouth, resulting in an animal abuse investigation in Ontario.

The 1-year-old poodle, later named Ricky by workers at the Inland Valley Humane Society, was discovered with signs of abuse in the 700 block of Amador Avenue.

The pooch had a rubber band tightly bound around the top of his mouth.

The workers gave him emergency medical care before he was taken into surgery for a severely infected mouth and tongue.

The dog's hair was also very matted.

It wasn't clear how long the pooch had been suffering, the shelter said.

Since NBC4 aired the story of the pup in the 6 p.m. newscast, numerous callers have contacted the shelter for information on Ricky. He will not be available for adoption for a while, shelter workers said. 

The dog didn't have a microchip or collar, so the Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA is investigating it as an act of animal cruelty and asking anyone with information to contact IVHS at info@ivhsspca.org or call 909-623-9777.

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