Police say the remains of an animal bound and submerged in a pond in Conception Bay South in May was not a dog, as first reported, but a coyote.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary on Monday afternoon said a C.B.S. resident reported finding a dog submerged in a small saltwater pond off Pond Road on May 14.

The body of the animal, in advanced stages of decomposition, was recovered by the C.B.S. fire department and was found to have twine around its legs.

After examination by the province's chief veterinarian, the animal was identified as a coyote, which appeared to have been shot. Police said that was likely the cause of death.

A statement from the RNC said they don't know if the animal was hunted legally or how it came to be in the pond, but their animal-cruelty investigation had concluded.