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The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after four puppies were found abandoned at the side of a road in Dungavel.
We were alerted to the incident on 4 July by a member of the public who discovered the young dogs at the side of the B743 road between Strathaven and Muirkirk.
Inspector Dawn Robertson said, “We were notified by a member of the public who discovered the pups at around midday on 4 July.
“The four dogs appear to be collie cross types, around two to four months old. They are all very underweight and one had an obvious broken leg. We are unsure whether the injury was present at the time of the pups being abandoned or if this happened as a result of being left at the roadside and being hit by a vehicle.
“Thankfully these puppies were found before any serious harm could come to them. They are currently being cared for at one of our rescue centres where they will receive all the care and attention they deserve.
“These poor puppies were dumped at the side of a road like rubbish, with no regard for their safety or wellbeing. I would urge anyone with information regarding the incident to contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”
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.