Beagle found in poor condition

Bernie the beagle who was found in St Fergus
Bernie the beagle who was found in St Fergus

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a beagle was found wandering in poor condition in Aberdeenshire.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity was called to rescue the male dog on the evening of Wednesday, April 16 when a member of the public discovered him in St Fergus.

The beagle, estimated to be between eight and eleven years old, is now in the care of the charity’s Aberdeenshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Drumoak, where he has been named Bernie.

Animal Rescue Officer Karen Hogg said: “Bernie was taken straight to a vet, where he was found to be 6kgs under his ideal body weight and suffering from a severe ear mite infestation.

“Although he is in poor condition at the moment, he doesn’t appear to have any chronic health problems and with the correct vet treatment, good food and lots of love we are confident he’ll make a full recovery.

“At this stage we don’t know how Bernie came to be found all alone and in such a bad way.

“There are very few houses in the area he was found and he looks as though he may have been living rough for a while, so we are considering the possibility he may have gone missing from home some time ago.

Karen added: “If anyone recognises Bernie we’d urge them to contact our Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.”