SSPCA caring for dog found by Scots on Scafell Pike

THE Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after two Scottish holidaymakers found a dog at the summit of England’s highest mountain, and took him home to Ayrshire.

Scafell is a male Collie cross, aged between five and eight. Picture: Scottish SPCA
Scafell is a male Collie cross, aged between five and eight. Picture: Scottish SPCA

The dog, a male Collie cross aged between five and eight, is in the care of staff at the charity’s rescue and rehoming centre in Glasgow, and has been named Scafell after the Lake District mountain.

The couple, from Maybole, were scaling the peak, and came across the dog at the top of the mountain on May 16.

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Glasgow centre manager Anna O’Donnell said: “The couple who found Scafell said he was petrified and nervous and it took them around half an hour to coax him over to them.

“They advised they did try and get help in England and had called the police but they hadn’t been able to assist so they took Scafell home because they were so worried about him and then called us.

“Unfortunately Scafell isn’t microchipped so we have been unable to trace his owner. We have also searched for information about dogs who have gone missing in the area with no luck.

“At this stage it’s all a bit of a mystery but we believe Scafell may have been taken up the mountain by his owner and become lost. There is also a chance he was abandoned and made his own way up to the top of Scafell Pike.

“It would be fantastic if we are able to reunite him with his owner if he has gone missing. If not we will find him a loving new home in Scotland.”

• Anyone who knows Scafell’s owners or who recognises the dog is asked to contact the SSPCA’s Glasgow centre on 03000 999 999.