No charges will be laid in the shooting death of a dog that at first appeared to be a case of animal cruelty, Taber RCMP say.

The animal was found on Jan. 24 at a rural property near the town.

It was initially thought the dog had been beaten, tied to a fence post and shot.

But a necropsy found no evidence the dog was beaten or abused, RCMP said in a release Monday.

Instead, investigators believe the owner put down the dog in a humane manner.

The investigation revealed no evidence to support charges against the dog’s owner, police said.