Suffering dog found at roadside


The sick dog at the vets before it was sadly put down

By Cara Sulieman

ANIMAL welfare chiefs were last night investigating why a suffering dog was left wandering a Scots street to die.

The animal was rushed to vet surgeons for emergency after being found on a roadside in West Lothian.

But the dog was in such a bad state she couldn’t be saved despite receiving urgent treatment for dehydration and vomiting and diarrhoea.

Her coat was particularly badly affected, with her rear covered in matted faeces.

The Scottish SPCA were called in after a passer by found the animal next to the road in Strathlogie, Westfield.

“Barely lift her head”

When an inspector arrived on the tan and white collie was lying motionless.

She could barely lift her head and was rushed to a local vet where she was put on a drip and given painkillers.

On Sunday she had become so ill that the charity took the difficult decision to put her down – three days after she was found.

Scottish SPCA Inspector Jenni Surgeon said: “The ambulance driver who picked her up said that she was lying motionless and could barely lift her head up off the ground.

“Her coat was in a terrible state particularly around her back end, which was covered in heavily matted faeces.

“As well as her poor body condition, she was suffering from severe diarrhoea, vomiting and dehydration.

“When we arrived at the vets she was put on a drip and given painkillers to try to ease her discomfort, but by Sunday she had become extremely ill to the point that it would have been unfair to allow her to continue suffering.”


The charity are now trying to find out how the dog got into such a bad state and how she came to be beside the road.

Jenni added: “Unfortunately she is not identity micro-chipped and she wasn’t wearing a collar, but we are hoping someone will recognise her and give us a call.

“She should have received vet treatment long before now so this is something we’d like to discuss with her owner.

“We also need to know how she came to be found alone in the street on an extremely cold winter’s day.”

Anyone with information relating to the dog should contact the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.