A kitten left for dead after being dumped in a plastic bag was rescued by a dog on a walk
Two other cats died before the bag was discovered in woodlands.
The six-week-old cats were found in bushes last Saturday in an area known locally as the Luggie in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire.
The alarm was raised after the dog returned carrying the bag to its owner.
The walker took the female kitten home and did their best to care for her, but by the Monday it was clear that she needed veterinary attention.
The kitten was taken to Lawrie Vet Group in the town and then handed over to the Scottish SPCA.
Dawn Robertson, an inspector with the animal welfare charity, said: “We are extremely grateful that they did the right thing and sought professional advice when needed.
“The kitten is now in the veterinary hospital as she requires round-the-clock care.
“She is still very poorly but is making small improvements and we remain hopeful that she’ll pull through.
“Once she is well enough to be released from hospital she will be taken to one of our animal rescue and rehoming centres where she will receive the ongoing care she deserves.
“We appreciate this is a very uncertain time just now but there is never an excuse for abandoning an animal. And sadly, in this case, two animals ended up passing away as a result.”
Abandoning an animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. Anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.
If you have any information as to how the kittens came to be dumped in the woods, call the Scottish SPCA’s confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.