Peel Police are investigating what they believe was a case of animal cruelty in Mississauga.

The dead dog was found in Deerwood Park Friday and police say the animal was the victim of a malicious and intentional act without providing more details.

Because of the condition of the remains, identifying the breed of dog is difficult. The black and brown markings lead police to think it could be a younger miniature pinscher or something similar.

The remains have been sent for forensic testing and an autopsy to determine how the animal died.

Police are trying to find its owners and the person or people responsible for the dog’s death.