THE SCOTTISH SPCA is appealing for information after a dog was found in Bo’ness severely emaciated, suffering from a womb infection and with painful sores on her body.
A local dog warden picked up the white German shepherd from North Street on Wednesday, February, 8, and alerted the animal welfare charity to the dog’s horrific condition.
The adult dog, who has been named Mia, was rushed to a vet for treatment and is now receiving the care and attention she needs.
Inspector Leanne McPake said, “Mia was in an awful state when she was found. She is extremely thin and weighs just 16kgs, when a dog of her breed and age should be around 30kgs.
“She is also suffering from an infection of her womb which would have been causing her a great deal of discomfort.
“Mia has pressure wounds on her pelvis which may be a result of lying on hard ground for a prolonged period of time and these injuries would certainly have been really painful.
“The person responsible for Mia clearly hasn’t provided her with even the most basic care she needs. Her claws were very long, indicating she hasn’t been outside for some time and her teeth are in terrible condition.
“White German shepherds are quite unusual so we hope someone will recognise Mia and come forward.
“Despite the suffering she has been through, Mia is such a lovely dog.
She will be provided with the treatment she needs to help her make a full recovery and then we’ll be looking to find her a loving new home.”
Allowing an animal to be caused unnecessary suffering is an offence that carries stiff penalties. Anyone found guilty of doing so can be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.
Anyone with information relating Mia is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999