Image: A dead dog encased in ice
The British Columbia SPCA launches a cruelty investigation after a Dawson Creek resident found the body of a dead dog encased in a block of ice left on his front lawn. The homeowner made the discovery Jan. 15, but Marcie Moriarty, a spokeswoman for the SPCA's cruelty investigations. said the resident doesn't know the dog or any reason why the ice block would be left on his property. Investigators are also trying to determine the cause of death.
updated 1/26/2011 8:43:01 PM ET 2011-01-27T01:43:01

Authorities have launched an animal cruelty investigation after a dog was discovered encased inside a block of ice on a British Columbia man's front lawn.

The dead dog was discovered by the homeowner on Jan. 15, said Marcie Moriarty, a spokeswoman from the British Columbia animal protection society, adding that the man did not know the dog or how the block of ice arrived on his property.

"It's a bizarre and very upsetting case," Moriarty said Wednesday. "Inside the block of ice, which looks to have been made from a large rubber bin, was the frozen corpse of a medium-sized black dog."

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of death.

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