The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a young cat was found abandoned in a Donside field.
A member of the public spotted the white and blonde female on Wednesday evening, May 30, crossing the A944 Alford to Aberdeen road, at Sauchen. A cardboard box containing two dishes inside was also found close by.
An inspector from Scotland’s animal welfare charity collected the weak and frightened cat and took her to the charity’s Aberdeenshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre at Drumoak, where she has been named Molly.
Senior inspector Alison Simpson said: “Molly is very lethargic and clearly underweight. She was also dehydrated when she was found but seems a lot brighter after receiving the care she desperately needed.
“She looks like a kitten as she’s so tiny but the vet who examined her said she’s just under a year old.
“One of the dishes in the box was clean so I think it had been filled with water and another indicated she had been left with food but both were empty when she was found.
“The man who called us said he’d noticed the box on Monday (May 28), so poor Molly may have been hungry, alone and frightened for days before she was rescued.
“We are appealing to the public in the hope someone will come forward to help us identify who put Molly through this ordeal.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.