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A dog that was found beaten, strangled, wrapped in a sheet and buried alive in a field east of Montreal has passed away, according to an SPCA Facebook post.

The animal was found in a shallow grave by a pedestrian on Tuesday morning, in the community of Saint-Paul-d'Abbotsford, Que. The pedestrian heard the dog whimpering and spotted its paw sticking out of the dirt, the SPCA said.

Police recovered the dog from the hole and took it to a veterinary hospital for treatment.

The dog, which was a Boxer named Sugar Ray, had been in critical but stable condition Tuesday night, according to the Montegerie SPCA.

Unfortunately, Sugar Ray passed away Wednesday afternoon.

“Very sad news our beautiful Boxer whom we named Sugar Ray, who fought so hard to survive, has passed away this afternoon,” read the Facebook post. “He was surrounded by the people who loved and cared for him […] We are heartbroken as we know everyone will be.”

The Montegerie SPCA added that the details of the dog’s death are not yet confirmed.

The incident comes just four months after a pair of missing dogs were tortured, strangled, killed and dumped in Saint-Valerien-de-Milton, a community approximately 25 kilometres north of Saint-Paul-d'Abbotsford. The dogs had been reported missing by their owners in Saint-Cecile-de-Milton, which is at roughly the halfway point between Saint-Velerien-de-Milton and Saint-Paul-d'Abbotsford.

Surete du Quebec are investigating Tuesday's case. They have not indicated whether they believe it's connected to the earlier dog deaths.

With files from CTV Montreal