Starving dog abandoned in Falkirk bushes

Munchkin was abandoned in Falkirk
Munchkin was abandoned in Falkirk

A starving dog has been rescued from bushes in Falkirk after being found tied up by her lead and choke chain.

The young Labrador cross German shepherd type bitch was discovered by a walker on Thursday, May 29 near St. Mungo’s High School.

She is now in the care of the Scottish SPCA’s Edinburgh and Lothians Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre where she has been named Munchkin.

Animal welfare officers said Munchkin weighed just 18.5kgs when a healthy dog of her breed should be around 30kgs.

Inspector Nicola Liddell said: “The man who found Munchkin was walking along the canal on Thursday at around 1 p.m. when he spotted her hidden among the bushes, tied up by her lead and choke chain.

“He decided to leave her in case her owner came back for her, but when he returned to check later she was still there so he took her home before contacting us.

“Unfortunately, she is not microchipped so we are asking anyone who recognises her to come forward and help us trace the person responsible for abandoning her.

“Munchkin has a lovely, sweet nature but is a bit unsure of people suggesting she has not been fully socialised.

“She is now receiving the care she needs and we are hopeful she will make a full recovery and go on to find a loving new home.”

Anyone with information is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.