An animal welfare charity is looking for help to trace who dumped a starving dog close to a busy inter-city rail line.
A passenger spotted the dog around half a mile from Polmont Railway Station last Saturday and contacted the Scottish SPCA.
It was found “close to death”, according to the charity.
The black male collie crossbreed, estimated to be around eight years old, is now receiving treatment at a local veterinary practice.
Inspector Leanne McPake said: “The dog, named Thomas by nursing staff, is severely emaciated and was so weak he was probably only hours from death when we found him.
“He wasn’t moving and couldn’t stand up. It’s very lucky he was spotted by an observant train passenger as he may have been injured or even killed on the tracks.”
She said the dog is now responding well to treatment, but is still a long way from making a full recovery.
The inspector added: “At this stage we don’t know how he came to be on the tracks and in this condition.
“We would urge anyone who recognises him to contact us as soon as possible.”
Anyone information can be given through the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.