Edmonton police are trying to identify a dog injured a serious case of animal cruelty reported to police officers Tuesday afternoon.

Police said witnesses called police to the city’s north side at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, reporting a pit bull was tied to the back of a pickup truck, and being dragged in the area of 92 Street and 114 Avenue.

The vehicle, with the dog, was gone by the time police arrived on the scene, but witnesses had taken note of a vehicle description and license plate – and passed that on to officers.

As part of their investigation, police checked emergency vet clinics in the city, and found a dog matching the description witnesses gave them.

The female pit bull sustained a number of injuries to its skin and feet, but was being treated and is expected to survive.

“Unfortunately this pit bull, it’s a brown and white pit bull, female, we’re not sure the age right now,” EPS Spokesperson Clair Seyler said. “She was dragged quite severely, and has lost the pads of her paws.”

By mid-afternoon Wednesday, police said they had tracked down the registered owner of the vehicle, but said it was not the owner of the dog.

Investigators are interviewing witnesses and the owner of the truck – and have spoken with the two men who dropped the dog off at the vet clinic.

Police are asking anyone who can identify the dog, its owner, or witnessed the incident, to contact them and pass on any information they may have, the Edmonton Police Service non-emergency line is 780-423-4567, or #377 on a mobile phone.