The Scottish SPCA has launched an investigation after a cat was dumped in a Glasgow park.
A woman was spotted releasing the female tabby from a cat carrier within a wooded area of Linn Park on New Year’s Day.
The woman – who was seen driving up to the Clarkston Road entrance of the park in a white car – was challenged by a member of the public, but claimed the animal was a wild cat.
Lara Vickery, Scottish SPCA inspector, said: “When the person who reported this to our helpline questioned the woman, she claimed the animal was a wild cat.
“The caller waited with the cat who is very tame, and we suspect is actually a house cat.
“She is very friendly but was understandably terrified from her ordeal.
“We understand that people’s circumstances can change, but this is not the right way to give up an animal and the cat would have been caused a great amount of unnecessary distress.
“Unfortunately, she is not microchipped.
“This cat is thankfully now safe and in the care of one of our animal rescue and rehoming centres.”
If you recognise the cat or have any information that could help the investigation, call the Scottish SPCA’s confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.