A puppy that was found next to her dead brother is part of a litter which was rescued last week in the Scottish Borders, a charity has confirmed.
The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) were called to the Deep Skye woods, just south of the Pentland Hills, on October 9.
A member of the public walking their dog came across two puppies, one of which – the male – had died.
The female was still alive, albeit in “very poor condition”, and was taken home by the dog walker who fed and washed her until an SSPCA volunteer could collect her.
The charity confirmed that the puppies are thought to be from an abandoned litter rescued near Carlops, a small town on the outskirts of the Pentland Hills, on October 4.
It appears the abandoned litter split up and headed in different directions.
Scottish SPCA inspector Tracy Dow said: “The female puppy was found curled up next to her deceased brother.
“She is approximately 14 weeks old and is tan in colour. She is in really poor condition.
“It is clear she has been struggling to survive in the woods as she is emaciated and her teeth are dirty from trying to find food.
“We are all extremely saddened by the discovery and our hearts go out to the male puppy who did not make it.
“We understand that people’s circumstances can change, but this is not the right way to give up an animal and these dogs would have been caused a great amount of distress.
“Thankfully the female puppy is now safe and being cared for by one of our rescue and rehoming centres.
“We are unsure how many pups were in this litter, and are asking members of the public in the local area to be vigilant”
“We are urging anyone who recognises this puppy or has any information to please contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”