The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a dog was found in a lay-by on the Fraserburgh-Peterhead road, next to tins of food.
Scotland’s animal welfare charity was alerted at 8.30pm on Tuesday, January 7, when a passer-by discovered the black and white collie crossbreed dog on a road near Crimond.
The male dog, estimated to be between two and three years old, is now in the care of the Scottish SPCA’s Aberdeenshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Drumoak, where he has been named Benson.
Chief Inspector John Carle said: “Benson was sitting next to a tray of tinned dog food, one of which had been opened for him.
“We think he had been trying to get to the food in the other tins as the plastic surrounding them had saliva over it.
“He wasn’t tied up so it’s lucky he didn’t run onto the road and come to harm.
“Unfortunately it does appear Benson was abandoned and we are keen to hear from anyone who recognises him and knows who may have owned him.
“Benson is in very good condition and he’s friendly towards females, although he does seem to be wary around men.
“We’ll soon find him the new and loving home he deserves.”
Abandoning an animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 and anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.
Anyone with information is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.