The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after an elderly dog in terrible condition was found at the side of a road in Durris.
A concerned member of the public spotted the male collie-cross type dog by the A957 on Friday, June 22, and handed him into a local vets, who in turn contacted Scotland’s animal welfare charity.
The brindle and white dog, estimated to be at least 14 years old, was very thin and struggling to walk. He was taken to the charity’s Aberdeenshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre at Drumoak where, sadly, he passed away overnight.
A post-mortem revealed he was suffering from several tumours on his liver which were likely to have been the cause of death, although he was also elderly and in general poor health.
Chief Inspector John Carle said: “This poor dog was in a terrible state when he was found. He could barely walk and his bones were clearly visible.
“The post-mortem results could not confirm whether the tumours on his liver caused his death, but stated this was very likely.
“We can’t be sure how he came to be at the side of a road which is why we’re asking the public to help us with our enquiries.
“It may be he had strayed away from home but there’s also a possibility he was abandoned when he desperately needed help.
“The fact he did not survive is a tragic outcome and we are urging anyone who can help us trace his owner to contact us as soon as possible.”
Abandoning and causing an animal unnecessary suffering are offences and anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.
Anyone with information about the dog should contact the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.
* The Piper reported last week how two helpless kittens - named Banana and Custard - had been found dumped in a cardboard box in a shed at Maryculter Organic Farm.