Charges laid after missing dog found starved, flea-ridden in apartment

Two people have been charged after a dog reported missing months ago was found starved and flea-ridden in an east Ottawa apartment, according to the Ontario SPCA.

In a news release issued Tuesday, the SPCA said Ottawa police received a report about conditions in the apartment on Feb. 22. When police arrived they found the dog "in need of veterinary attention."

The dog was returned to its owner and police are investigating how the dog ended up at the stranger's apartment, the release said. 

The owner reportedly took the dog to a vet, who said the animal was "severely emaciated and infested with fleas," and had an infection in its right-hind paw.

A 29-year-old man and 35-year-old woman from Ottawa each face three animal cruelty charges under the Ontario SPCA Act, the SPCA said.

A court date has been scheduled for May 11.