The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a female dog was abandoned near its Aberdeenshire animal rescue and care centre.
The animal welfare charity was alerted to the incident on Tuesday May 10, when a member of the public handed over the elderly spaniel to Drumoak Center after finding her on the A96 road in proximity.
Scottish SPCA inspector Kathryn McCallum said: ‘The dog was an elderly, female, black and white spaniel.
“She was in very poor condition when she was found with severe dental disease, dry eyes and large lumps all over her body.
“The dog also had extremely overgrown nails, one was so long it curled into the pad of his paw. The wound was badly infected and covered with an old bloody bandage.
“She was not chipped or wearing a collar when she was found.
“Unfortunately, due to a large mass discovered during her examination, the decision was made to put the dog to sleep and end her suffering on veterinary advice.
“We understand that people’s circumstances can change, but that’s not the right way to abandon an animal.
“The dog would have suffered great unnecessary distress at a time when she was already in a lot of pain and discomfort.
“We urge anyone who recognizes this dog or has any information to contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”