The RCMP responded to a complaint of animal cruelty in the Town of Victoria on Dec. 13. Officers found a dog, named Badger, in the backyard.
According to an RCMP news release, Badger was severely underweight and emaciated due to a lack of food.
Officers seized the dog and brought him to the SPCA, where he was examined by a veterinarian and is now receiving food supplementation. Badger is expected to make a full recovery.
The owner has been charged under the Animal Health and Protection Act and is scheduled to answer to the charge in court in February.
The Trinity Conception District RCMP is strongly urging people to report such cases of animal abuse. The public is reminded that if an animal can no longer be cared for due to financial, medical or other concerns, the SPCA can be contacted for options.