The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after the body of a dog was found in Alva, Clackmannanshire.
We were alerted to the incident by passers-by who spotted the deceased dog on a country walk off Cobblecrook Lane on 16 November.
Due to the state of decomposition and predation of the body a post-mortem to find out the cause of death cannot be undertaken.
Inspector Nicola Liddell said, “This will have been a very upsetting experience for the members of the public who discovered the dog.
“The dog was found in a shallow grave around 300-yards from the gate leading to the country path you can access from Cobblecrook Lane.
“No microchip has been discovered.
“At this stage we have no reason to believe there were any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of the dog but we haven’t ruled it out.
“The animal may have passed away from natural causes and someone has disposed of the body in this way.
“We understand this has already received a lot of attention on social media and we will do what we can to find out what happened to the dog. We would urge people to only contact us if they can provide a witness statement or evidence that will help us ascertain who the dog belonged to or what happened to the dog.
“If anyone has information, they can contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”