Dog abandoned in zipped up suitcase near west end Toronto trail: police

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Two people canoe down the Humber River on Canada Day in Toronto, Monday, July 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Lahodynskyj

TORONTO:  Police are asking the public for help in the case of a dog they say was abandoned in a suitcase in west-end Toronto.

Investigators say they were called to an area near the Humber River trail around noon Saturday after some people found a black fabric suitcase zipped shut with a living dog inside.

They say the dog _ a female Jack Russell terrier mix with no collar or ID tag _ was taken to the vet to be examined and is now in the care of an animal shelter.

They’ve released a photo of the dog in the hopes that someone will recognize her or have information about the incident.

A local animal rescue organization, Black Dog Rescue, says the dog does not have a microchip that would help identify her owners.

The group said in a Facebook post that the suitcase seemed to have been dragged from a nearby parking lot and thrown down a hill.

It added the dog appeared to have had puppies recently.

“Thankfully the weather was warmer than normal or she could have frozen to death,” the post, which had been shared more than 2,000 times by Monday afternoon, read.

“Whoever did this to her needs to be brought to justice. She deserves no less,” the group wrote.

The group said many have inquired about giving the dog a temporary or permanent home, but stressed she is not currently up for adoption.