The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a seriously ill dog found outside shops in Renfrewshire had to be put to sleep.
The French bulldog was found by a member of the public in Paisley’s Caledonia Street at around 1am on February 14.
The unneutered male dog, believed to be around 11-years-old, was microchipped to an address in Falkirk but had been reported missing from his home in June 2021.
Chief inspector Laura McIntyre, of the Scottish SPCA, said: “The dog was in generally poor condition, and was suffering from a severely ulcerated eye.
“He could not use his back legs and would not eat.
“On veterinary advice it was decided that the kindest thing to do would be to put him to sleep and end his suffering.”
The animal welfare charity has now launched an investigation into the incident.
CI McIntyre added: “We’re keen to find out how the dog came to be in the area in such poor condition and why he was left alone when he was clearly unwell and in pain.
“There is a vet on this street and we are unsure if someone has tried to leave him outside of the vets hoping he would be found.
“However, this is not the correct procedure to follow.”
If you have any information, call the Scottish SPCA’s confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.