Chihuahua found covered in human waste at conservation area bathroom in Ontario

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A six-year-old Chihuahua dog is now recovering from a harrowing ordeal at Guelph Lake Conservation Area.

Cleo was found in the holding tank of a public washroom on Sunday by a conservation officer who then called animal services. The dog was found covered in human urine and feces.

Lisa Veit, the executive director at Guelph Humane Society, said it was disturbing that the Chihuahua could be left abandoned in such alarming and dire circumstances.

“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,” Veit said.

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The dog was brought to a veterinary clinic for immediate care and assessment.

A Chihuahua dog on an orange blanket in a vet's office.
Cleo (center) is recovering at the Guelph Humane Society after being found in the holding tank of a public washroom on Sunday at Guelph Lake Conservation Area. Guelph Humane Society

It’s not known how long the dog was in the holding tank, however the humane society said that her condition suggested she hadn’t eaten for several days.

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If anyone has information on the incident, they’re encouraged by the GHS to report it to the Provincial Animal Welfare Service.

Also, donations can be made on the Guelph Humane Society website to support and help with Cleo’s care.

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