The Scottish SPCA have launched a probe after a dog was shaved and dumped in a hedge in a ‘callous act’.
The animal cruelty charity are appealing for information after the male dog – believed to be a cream and tan saluki – was abandoned in Gorebridge, Midlothian, yesterday.
A member of the public the dog on top of a six-foot hedge bordering their property.
The disgusting culprits had even shaved the poor pooch of all his fur, leaving him at the mercy of the snow and freezing temperatures amid Storm Darcy.
The SSPCA believe the pup may have been shaved in an attempt to disguise his breed, as salukis are distinctive looking dogs.
He has been taken to a rehoming centre and is currently receiving loads of care and relaxing in a warm bed.
Scottish SPCA Inspector Fiona Thorburn said: “This was an extremely callous act and the dog is incredibly lucky that he was spotted.
“Salukis are thin dogs who feel the cold anyway but without any fur for protection it’s likely he would have succumbed to the elements within a day or so if he hadn’t been found.
“The dog is a young male who is not neutered and who we believe is cream and tan in colour.
“We believe he may have been shaved in an attempt to disguise his breed as salukis are quite distinctive looking dogs.
“He has been taken to one of our animal rescue and rehoming centres where he is receiving lots of care and a warm bed.
“We would like to find out what happened to the dog. If anyone recognises him or has any information on how he came to be in this situation they can contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”