Police have arrested a male suspect in an animal cruelty investigation, launched after the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society said a dog was found bound with electrical tape.

A Windsor, Ont., man was walking his two dogs Thursday beside the Canadian Tire on Walker Road when he discovered a small dog lying in the grass with its snout, paws, and neck tightly bound with electrical tape.

The dog was unable to move, was having difficulty breathing and its mouth and paws were extremely swollen, a news release issued by the humane society said.

"Definitely, he saved the dog's life," Melanie Coulter of the humane society said of the dog walker. "The veterinarian has indicated that he probably wouldn't have survived more than a few more hours."

Even after the tape was removed, the dog was initially unable to stand, and its mouth remained swollen Friday, the news release said.

Justice taped dog

Justice is expected to make a full recovery, according to veterinarians. (Windsor-Essex County Humane Society)

"He is a very sweet dog, obviously still recovering and still in a lot of pain, but we're expecting him at this point to make a full recovery eventually," Coulter said.

The humane society believes the dog was dumped at the site late Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning.

Staff have named the animal Justice. The dog is male, has not been neutered and is approximately seven years old.

The humane society said Justice is a small-breed dog with a cropped tail, weighing approximately 13 pounds.

Police have not released details about the suspect, but say more information should be made available Saturday afternoon.

Taped Dog

Justice's snout, paws and neck were tightly bound with electrical tape. (Windsor-Essex County Humane Society)