A tiny chihuahua found abandoned in a lay by in Denny has been adopted by the SSPCA officer that rescued her.
The dog, named Minnie by staff at the charity, was discovered on the brink of death on September 4 at a layby in Dunipace.
She was in a cardboard box, with no food, water or blanket beside the Hills of Dunipace Cemetery.
Animal rescue officer Kirsty McQuade rushed Minnie to a vet for emergency treatment and fell in love with the tiny pup.
After making a full recovery, Minnie now lives with Kirsty, her partner Kevin Mitchell and their dog Disco.
Kirsty, from Falkirk, said, “It’s a miracle Minnie is still with us as she was so poorly when she was found. She was so weak she couldn’t even lift her head.
“However, brave Minnie was showing signs of improvement after only a few days and around six weeks down the line is like a different wee dog. She is absolutely wild now and is doing great.
“I couldn’t stop thinking about Minnie after rescuing her and I’m so pleased I’ve been able to give her the loving home she deserves.”
Minnie has a new friend in Disco, who Kirsty cared for as a sick puppy while working as a veterinary nurse, and the two love to play together.
Kirsty added: “Minnie’s heartbreaking story captured the hearts of many and lots of items were donated for her such as blankets, toys, treats and dog coats so I wish to thank everyone for their generosity.”
The cruel person who abandoned Minnie has never been found and the animal welfare charity still have no idea why someone would starve a puppy.
Kirsty said: “Thankfully Minnie’s story has a very happy ending and she now has a forever home where she will be loved and taken care of for the rest of her life.”