The Scottish SPCA on Tuesday appealed for information after a very poorly dog with a Cypriot microchip was found in Lanarkshire.
The SPCA said they were alerted last Friday after the male shar-pei was discovered in Uddingston.
The dog is now in the care of our Lanarkshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Hamilton.
Inspector Kerry Friel said, “The dog is in a really bad way. He is emaciated, suffering from eye and ear infections and is arthritic. He can’t walk far at all without collapsing.”
Friel added that the dog’s microchip was Cypriot but the animal had not been registsred in the UK “so we have been unable to trace his owners through this.”
“The dog has been neutered and the vet thinks he is around eight years old. We want to find out how he came to be in this awful state and are appealing to anyone who recognises him and knows who may have owned him to contact us.”
Causing an animal unnecessary suffering 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.
Anyone with information is being urged to contact the SPCA helpline on 03000 999 999.