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NIAGARA FALLS – An eight-week old tan and white puppy left to die in a trash can was found Wednesday morning. Officials today reported the puppy, who suffered a broken jaw, was likely beaten or kicked.

“She definitely would have died from her injuries [if she hadn’t been found.] She couldn’t eat and was very dehydrated. Infection had already set in,” said SPCA of Niagara Director Amy Lewis. She said they believe the puppy was left in the trash can for a couple of days.

Niagara Falls Police were contacted by Modern Disposal yesterday morning after two of their sanitation workers found the puppy in the trash can in the 600 block of 30th Street.

Lewis said the puppy had a broken jaw and a cracked molar. It was taken for dental surgery today at Town and Country Animal Hospital in Buffalo. Lewis said the veterinarian who examined the dog said that the injuries were likely inflicted by a human.

“We believe she was struck by something or was possibly kicked. Most of the injuries are to the head. There are some abrasions on her leg,” Lewis said.

Police and the SPCA of Niagara are looking for a suspect who could face aggravated animal cruelty charges. Anyone with information is asked to contact the SPCA of Niagara at 731-4368 or Niagara Falls police at 286-4711.

The SPCA of Niagara is also looking for donations to cover surgery on the puppy, which was expected to cost $2,000, according to Lewis. More information is also available on Facebook at SPCA of Niagara or www.niagaraspca.org.

email: nfischer@buffnews.com