Taber RCMP have identified several persons of interest in a possible new case of animal cruelty involving a dead dog found on a rural property outside the town limits on Friday.

The investigation so far has confirmed the dog was beaten with a blunt object and also shot.

No additional information is being released at this time as the matter is still under investigation.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the Taber Vauxhall RCMP at 403-223-4447, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 to leave an anonymous tip.