A tiny, starving Chihuahua pup was left for dead in box on a road layby.
The dog was found by a passer last Friday in Dunipace, in a box with no blanket, food or water and she was emancipated and covered in her own excrement.
The situation was so dire, SSPCA officers feared the tan Chihuahua could not be saved, but miraculously the pup – called Minnie by SSPCA officers – she has started to show signs of improvement.
Minnie was left in a layby at the Hills of Dunipace Cemetery and the animal welfare charity is hoping to find and charge those responsible for neglecting the dog.
Animal rescue officer Ashley Griffin said: “Minnie was found in a box without a blanket, food or water. She was severely emaciated and covered in faeces. She was so weak she could not lift her head or swallow properly.
“Minnie was taken to the vets and it is a miracle that she is still alive. They practically brought her back to life and she was showing signs of improvement after only a few days. She is still under veterinary supervision and is doing really well.
“We cannot understand why someone would abandon this young puppy in such a horrific way and we will look after her until we find her the loving home she deserves.”
Anyone with any information on Minnie is urged to contact the animal helpline on 03000 999 999.
Abandoning an animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. Anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.