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16 May 2016, 12:38
A pregnant dog's recovering after being dumped by her owner outside a vet's surgery in West Lothian at the weekend.
The middle-aged Yorkshire Terrier was found tied to a bin by a cable around her neck outside the Riverside Vet Surgery in Bathgate. A member of staff noticed the dog on Mid Street on Saturday morning.
She was extremely weak, cold and dehydrated and was given immediate vet care, where it emerged she was in the process of giving birth to a stillborn puppy.
At this point she was given an emergency caesarean where it was discovered that the rest of her litter were already dead.
SSPCA Senior Inspector Stuart Murray said, "This was a horrific case of animal cruelty.
"The poor dog was freezing and dehydrated when she was found and shortly after she was taken into the vets she went into labour with a dead puppy.
"At this point she was given an emergency caesarean where it was discovered that sadly, the rest of her litter were dead.
"This dog was already in a very vulnerable position with being pregnant but to be dumped in this way is unbelievably cruel and callous. The distress she would have gone through is unimaginable and we are asking anyone in the area who has any information to call us.
"Thankfully she is now doing well despite her traumatic ordeal and has been offered a loving home by the vet who found her."
The SSPCA's asking anyone who knows of a person in the local area who recently owned a dog matching this description to contact its Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.