The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after an underweight puppy found with suspicious injuries in Girvan had to be put to sleep to end his suffering.
Members of the public spotted the sick and weak dog at the side of the road on Linden Avenue on Saturday 18 February and handed him in to us.
The brown and black crossbreed puppy was estimated to be around four to six months old.
He was examined by a vet who confirmed he had previously sustained fractures to his jaw and hip which had not healed. He also had underlying neurological problems, was very underweight and was suffering from painful pressure sores on his body.
Senior Inspector Karl Knowles said, "This poor puppy was in an extremely bad condition when he was found, with visible signs of neglect.
"The vet who examined him said his fractures were suspicious and it is very unlikely they had been caused by a road traffic accident.
"We are looking at the distinct possibility this puppy has been harmed maliciously.
"He was also underweight, with his ribs clearly visible, and had pressure sores on his body which he probably sustained from lying on hard ground.
"Although he was struggling to walk it is possible he managed to make his own way to the spot where he was found. However, someone may also have abandoned him there.
"His condition was so advanced when he came into our care that sadly the veterinary advice was that the only humane option was to end his suffering.
"He should have received treatment long before he was found and the fact that he had to be put to sleep is a tragic outcome.
"We are appealing to members of the public who recognise him to come forward with information as we are very keen to identify his owner."
Allowing an animal to be caused unnecessary suffering is an offence that carries stiff penalties. Anyone found guilty of doing so can be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.
Anyone with information is being urged to contact our Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.