Police seeking information after dog found dead in Mississauga with obvious signs of trauma

Peel Regional Police say they are asking for the public’s help for information around an animal cruelty investigation in Mississauga.

Police said they were called to a wooded area near Erin Centre Boulevard and Middlebury Drive on Wednesday at around 4:15 p.m. for reports of a deceased dog.

Investigators said the dog had obvious signs of trauma.

Police said they have few details regarding the dog and are working with veterinary pathologists at the University of Guelph to get more information about the cause of death for the animal.

Toronto police say a dog that was stolen has been safely recovered and a man has been arrested in connection with the theft of the animal.

Police said that a woman left her dog outside a store in the area of Dovercourt Road and Dundas Street West at 10 a.m. Wednesday when a man took the dog and went east on Dundas.

Officers said the 12-year-old dog, named Spencer, is a Chihuahua mix.

Police said the dog was found Wednesday night and returned to its owner.

William Andrew Ryan Locke, 39, was arrested and has been charged with theft under $5,000.

He is scheduled for a court appearance on Feb. 2.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 905-453-2121 ext. 1133 or Crime Stoppers anonymously 1-800-222-8477.