Dog hit by train after being abandoned outside dog shelter

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a dog was abandoned outside a Dogs Trust centre in Glasgow.

BadgeWe were alerted by Network Rail when the canine was found suffering from extensive damage to its body and legs after being hit by a train at Baillieston station on Friday (10 March).

Animal Rescue Officer Jan Toraman said, “Dogs Trust did a very commendable job at trying to catch the dog and were working round the clock for over 30 hours. Sadly she was hit by a train before she would let anyone near her.

“The Network Rail team were very helpful as they closed the lines and assisted me along the tracks to the dog.

“We’d like to remind the public that abandoning a dog is an offence, and there is no ‘sensible’ place to dump an animal. As evident, they can run off and put themselves in danger.”

A representative from Dogs Trust said, "Staff at Dogs Trust Glasgow are devastated to hear that the dog was hit by a train. Staff at the centre had been working with local dog wardens to help find the crossbreed since Thursday after the dog was abandoned and left to run free near the entrance to the rehoming centre. 

“Despite staff working throughout the night and day to entice the dog to the safety of the centre, she was simply too scared to let anyone approach her. 

“We would like to thank all those who have offered support. The team will now be providing CCTV footage of the abandonment to the Scottish SPCA to help them with their investigation."

Abandoning an animal 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 our Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.