Police are investigating after a dead dog was found in the woods near Arcadia on Sunday afternoon.

Yarmouth RCMP said they were called to the scene around 12:50 p.m. They said it appears the dog had been shot.

Photos of the animal popped up on Facebook on Sunday and were circulated by animal rights groups.

Police said they're working with the SPCA and municipal animal control to figure out what happened.

They added if anyone has animal control problems, they can contact the RCMP or the municipal animal control officer for help.