Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Appeal after 'starved' dog dies in Edinburgh

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a dog less than half its ideal weight was taken to an Edinburgh vet and later died.

Scotland's animal welfare charity was alerted when the severely emaciated female terrier crossbreed was taken to the city's PDSA on 4 November.

The vet had no option but to put the dog, which was light brown, to sleep.

The dog had been bought by a woman over the internet and was handed over outside Musselburgh police station.

The woman who bought it, and took it to the vet, could not identify the previous owner.

Chief Supt Mike Flynn said, "When the dog collapsed, she took her to the PDSA where she was weighed as being just 4.2kg, when she should have been 11kg to 12kg.

"We are appealing to the public for help in tracing the previous owner of this tragic dog.

"She had been caused a great deal of suffering and we need to establish how she came to be in such horrendous condition."

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