A ONE-EYED dog suffering from a painful skin condition has been found tied to a gate near one of Scotland’s busiest motorways.
An off-duty police officer found the springer spaniel bitch, which was suffering badly from mange, on Wednesday morning.
She was tied up in a country lane not far from the Stirling junction of the M9.
While it’s believed the animal’s eye was surgically removed, the SSPCA say the owner may not have had the skin infection treated.
Despite her condition SSPCA staff, who have named the dog Halo, say she is a
“a typical young spaniel “
Scottish SPCA Inspector Louise Seddon said, “This poor dog is suffering from a bad case of demodectic mange which we don’t think has been treated and as a result a secondary skin infection has developed which is causing her serious pain and discomfort.
“We think she is only a young dog, possibly under one year old, and she is quite distinctive as she only has one eye.
“The vet believes her right eye has been surgically removed.
“Despite her awful skin condition, she is a lovely, friendly little dog and a typical young spaniel as she just wants to play.
“We are really keen to identify who owned her as they have allowed her to suffer from this painful skin disease and may not have not sought the veterinary treatment she desperately needed.
“We would urge anyone who recognises her to come forward.”
Halo is now being treated at the charity’s Lanarkshire centre.
Abandoning an animal is an offence and anyone found guilty of doing so can be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.