A dog was found dumped in the snow with all its fur shaved off – on the day temperatures dipped to the coldest in over a decade.
The shocking find was made yesterday when the pooch, believed to be a saluki, was abandoned on top of a six-foot hedge.
The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after the animal was found shivering.
It’s believed the dog originally had a cream and tan coat, and his fur may have been shaved to disguise the breed.
He was found in Gorebridge, Midlothian, yesterday, on a night said to have been the coldest in Scotland for 11 years.
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Scottish SPCA Inspector Fiona Thorburn said, “This was an extremely callous act and the dog is incredibly lucky that he was spotted.
“Salukis are thin dogs who feel the cold anyway but without any fur for protection it’s likely he would have succumbed to the elements within a day or so if he hadn’t been found.
“The dog is a young male who is not neutered and who we believe is cream and tan in colour.
“We believe he may have been shaved in an attempt to disguise his breed as salukis are quite distinctive looking dogs.
“He has been taken to one of our animal rescue and rehoming centres where he is receiving lots of care and a warm bed.”
The charity is also appealing for information after a dog was shot with a pellet gun in Dunfermline, Fife.
A member of the public found the female lurcher dog at the side of a motorway on Friday at around 11pm.
The rescuer handed her in a vet, who found a large wound to the dog’s hind leg as well as injuries to her face.
It was originally believed she had been a victim of a road traffic accident.
However, on X-raying the dog, veterinary staff were shocked to discover she had been shot, authorities said.
Scottish SPCA inspector Stephanie Ross said: “We were astonished to hear the vet had found a pellet in the dog’s face when she was X-rayed.
“We dread to think what would have happened to this poor dog if the member of the public hadn’t spotted her.
“She is currently receiving the rehabilitation she needs at one of our animal rescue and rehoming centres.
“We are working closely with Police Scotland to establish the circumstances around the dog’s injuries due to the use of a firearm in the incident.”
Fife police Inspector Stephen Kay said: “We are working jointly with the Scottish SPCA to understand what has happened to this dog. However, the results from the X-ray are very concerning.
“The use of a weapon and violence on an animal is wholly unacceptable and we would ask for the public’s support in identifying and tracing the person or persons responsible for this act.”