A shooting has left a dog named Tonka wounded and Toronto police want to find out who is responsible.

Police say that a woman was walking her dog on Cornwall Street, near Dundas and River streets, on Saturday night, when she heard a loud bang.

Then she heard her dog yelp.

Police say several people fled the area in the aftermath of the shooting, which left the dog with serious injuries.

Tonka is a male bulldog. The dog is still recovering from surgery.

Police say they do not believe the animal was targeted in the shooting. The projectile involved in the shooting has not been sent for testing, which means police are not yet clear if it is a bullet or some type of pellet.

A person of interest was among the people who fled the scene.

Police say the person of interest is described as a thin, black male with long-braided hair. He was wearing a baseball hat and dark clothing at the time of the incident.

Police ask anyone with information to call 416-808-5100. Information can be passed on anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477.

According to preliminary statistics posted on the police website, investigators are aware of 22 shooting occurrences in Toronto since the start of this year.