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German shepherd found dead in North Attleboro parking lot

A female German shepherd was found dead on Sunday Jan. 6 in a parking lot in North Attleborough, the MSPCA-Angell said in a statement Wednesday.

The sable-colored dog was found lying on a sheet and comforter and was covered with a gray lightweight plastic tarp, according to the statement.

The dog, believed to be between 5 to 8 years old, was found in the parking lot of the Ruth Rhind Recreation Area, according to the statement.

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North Attleborough police and the nonprofit animal rescue group are conducting an animal cruelty investigation into the death, the statement said.

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North Attleborough police were not immediately available for comment Wednesday night.

Animal cruelty is a felony in Massachusetts, punishable by up to seven years in state prison and a fine of up to $5,000, according to the statement.

Andrew Stanton can be reached at andrew.stanton@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @_andrewstanton.