The Scottish SPCA are urgently appealing for information after an abandoned dog in Edinburgh had to be put down due to its poor condition.

The elderly crossbreed was handed over to the animal charity on September 5 after being discovered straying on Kirkliston by a member of the public.

Investigators are unsure as to how the dog came to be there and said vets struggled to identify her breed as she was in an ‘awful condition’.

Scottish SPCA inspector Stuart Murray: “The dog was extremely matted and smelled terrible. She was so distressed she had to be sedated to be examined properly.

“This poor dog was in an awful condition when she was found. She was covered in fleas, had overgrown claws and a skin condition.”

“On veterinary advice it was decided that the kindest thing to do would be to put her to sleep and end her suffering.”

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The SSPCA revealed that the dog was microchipped, but it was not registered, and were therefore unable to find an owner.

They are now appealing for any information that could help find who is responsible for the animal’s fatal state.

Inspector Murray added: “We’re keen to find out how the dog came to be in this condition and why she was left alone when she was clearly unwell.

“Although we appreciate the owner may have meant for the dog to be found, this is not the proper way to give up an animal if you can no longer care for them.”

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A confidential animal helpline open for those who have any information about the incident.

If anyone is concerned for an animal’s welfare, they can call the SSPCA helpline on 03000 999 999.