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PETA offers $5,000 reward in poodle abuse case

Last Updated Jan 11, 2017 at 3:53 pm EDT

Frankie, an Apricot Poodle, was found in Scarborough on Dec. 24, 2016, by a passerby. Toronto Animal Services said the dog was chronically malnourished and abused. HANDOUT/Toronto Animal Services

An animal rights organization is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the abuse of a poodle found in Scarborough on Christmas Eve.

A passerby found the male Apricot Poodle, believed to be one to two years old, in a residential area near Sheppard Avenue East and Meadowvale Road and took it to an emergency veterinary clinic.

The poodle, which Toronto Animal Services (TAS) is calling Frankie, was malnourished — weighting only seven pounds — and had an elastic band around its snout.

According to the TAS, the elastic band had caused severe injury to its nose and the tissue inside its mouth.

“This terrified little dog was left alone in the cold to die with his mouth bound shut, preventing him from eating or drinking,” PETA vice president Colleen O’Brien said in a statement released Wednesday.

“PETA urges anyone with information about this case to come forward immediately so that whoever abused and abandoned him can be held accountable.”

TAS said the dog will likely require surgery to fix the tissue around its muzzle, but is otherwise recovering in a foster home and eating well.

“Despite the horrible abuse that Frankie has sustained, he presents as a happy, pleasant, trusting dog — heartbreakingly typical of dogs in his situation,” the TAS said in a post on Instagram.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the TAS at 416-338-7297 or police at 416-808-4200.

To donate towards Frankie’s care, click here.