Puppy dies after being tied to forklift and abandoned

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an appeal has gone out to the Buchan public after a puppy was found tethered to a forklift truck after apparently having been abandoned.

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after the golden retriever puppy less than a third of her ideal body weight was found tethered to the truck last weekend.

A member of the public discovered the abandoned female dog in the Blackhills area of Peterhead at 7am on Sunday, February 24.

The six month- old pup was taken to a vet clinic where, tragically, she passed away.

Senior Inspector Scott Elphinstone said, “This puppy was in really poor condition when she was found.

“She was just 5.8kg, when she should have weighed approximately 20kg.

“Leaving her tied to a forklift truck while she was clearly suffering was extremely callous and we are very keen to identify the person responsible.

“We’re urging anyone with information to contact us as soon as possible. Calls are in strict confidence and information can be left anonymously.”

Abandoning and causing an animal unnecessary are criminal offences and anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.

Information can be reported to the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on INF03000 999 999.