Two young dogs have been thrown over a six foot fence into a school playground in North Ayrshire.
Scottish SPCA inspectors were called after a local resident witnessed a man abandoning the dogs at Haysholm School, Bank Street, Irvine at around 6pm on Saturday.
The lurcher dogs, one a black and white female and the other a black male, have been named Holly and Willow.
Inspectors said that the dogs could have been trapped without food and water for three days as the school was closed because of the public holiday
Inspector Stewart Taylor said: "It appears these dogs were lifted up over a six foot fence and dumped into the school grounds where they remained trapped until I was able to remove them.
"Both Holly and Willow are in satisfactory body condition and they are very friendly and affectionate dogs so it's likely they've been someone's pet up until now.
"It's lucky that a member of the public witnessed this happening as the school was closed for the weekend and the public holiday so they could have been trapped without food and water for three full days.
"We're very keen to trace the owner of these dogs as abandoning an animal is an offence and anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life."
Anyone with information relating to the abandonment is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.
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