SSPCA officers are trying to track a “cruel” owner who chopped off a puppy’s tail and then dumped him at a disused farm.
The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after the four-month-old dog was discovered at the former site of Knowetop Farm in Dumbarton on Sunday.
The black terrier type puppy had also been tied up.
The pup - who has been named Finlay - is now in the care of the charity’s animal rescue and rehoming centre in Milton.
Inspector Jennifer Connolly said, “A member of the public said he heard a dog barking on Sunday night and went to investigate.
“When he discovered Finlay he took him home and contacted us the following day.
“Finlay has a docked tail, which is illegal in Scotland under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.
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“Abandoning him was very cruel and irresponsible, as well as an offence.
“We are very keen to trace the person who dumped Finlay and find out how his tail came to be docked.
“Finlay is doing well in our care and we will look after him until we can find him a new home.”
Anyone with information is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.