Chihuahua recovering after being found abandoned in Guelph Lake outhouse holding tank

'Despite her ordeal, the dog, affectionately named 'Cleo' by our team, is now resting comfortably at GHS and getting the care she needs,' Guelph Humane Society said. (Submitted by Guelph Humane Society - image credit)
'Despite her ordeal, the dog, affectionately named 'Cleo' by our team, is now resting comfortably at GHS and getting the care she needs,' Guelph Humane Society said. (Submitted by Guelph Humane Society - image credit)

A Chihuahua found abandoned in the holding tank of a public washroom at Guelph Lake Conservation Area is now recovering, Guelph Humane Society (GHS) said.

The animal was found around 10 a.m. on Sunday, after a GHS animal services officer responded to a call about an abandoned dog.

The dog is female and estimated to be approximately six years old, GHS said in a news release.

She was found inside the inground tank covered in human urine and feces and in a thin body condition, suggesting she had not eaten for several days.

"It is very disturbing that a dog could be abandoned in such alarming and dire circumstances," Lisa Veit, GHS's executive director, said.

"All of us here at GHS, and we expect the entire community, are extremely distressed as to what may have happened to her had she not been discovered and rescued."

It is unknown how long the dog was in the tank.

After rescuing her, GHS transferred her to a veterinary clinic for immediate veterinary care and assessment.

Abandoning an animal should never happen

Veit stressed that abandoning an animal should never happen.

"Unfortunately, pet abandonment is seen all too often," Veit said.

"If you are unable to care for an animal, we ask that you please contact GHS to arrange a surrender or other assistance. GHS offers several programs to assist pet owners in distress. Leaving animals on their own without care is inhumane."

GHS is encouraging community members that may have information about this incident to report it to the Provincial Animal Welfare Service (PAWS) at 1-833-9-ANIMAL (1-833-926-4625).

"It is important that any information on what may have happened is reported so that PAWS is able to investigate thoroughly," Veit said.

"Despite her ordeal, the dog, affectionately named 'Cleo' by our team, is now resting comfortably at GHS and getting the care she needs."