Abandoned at Christmas

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Winter the dog with her new owner

Winter was dumped and left for dead on a remote country road on Christmas Day.

We were called out when the spaniel setter cross was discovered moments after a car was spotted stopping on an unclassified road in Lanarkshire near the A71.

Unfortunately, we weren't able to identify the person responsible, but we were able find a fantastic new home for the 10 year old dog, who we named Winter.

We can't rule out the possibility that Winter's owner decided to get rid of him to make way for a Christmas puppy.Senior Inspector Billy Linton

Senior Inspector Billy Linton said, "It seems the driver simply let Winter out of the car and drove away. Thankfully, someone in a nearby cottage saw the car stop and when they checked outside they found this poor dog in a great deal of distress.

"Whoever abandoned Winter couldn't have cared whether he lived or died. He was very lucky someone found him and called us because he could just as easily have run off or been knocked down by a car and killed.

"It is very sad but abandonments around Christmas time of year are quite common. Even though it will be hard for most people to imagine, we can't rule out the possibility that Winter's owner decided to get rid of him to make way for a Christmas puppy given his age.

"We were delighted to find Winter the loving new home he deserved with an owner who will care for him properly."

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