A DEAD emaciated dog has been found in a suitcase after it was dumped in woodland.
The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a dog walker made the grim discovery in the Craigmillar Castle area on Sunday night.
A post-mortem carried out on the dog has revealed that it was dead prior to being put into the case and had been for 48 hours or more. The vet who examined the dog concluded that it was very underweight and should have received veterinary treatment.
Senior Inspector John Toule said: “A member of the public was alerted to the case by his dog after he ran over and started sniffing and scratching at it.
“Inside was a very thin adult male Staffordshire bull terrier, boxer type dog, white with black markings.
“There was also a blanket, ball and dog chew so it would appear that someone may have been trying to dispose of their pet.
“However, this dog should have received treatment and its condition may well have led to its death.
“We are keen to speak to anyone who recognises the description of the dog and can tell us who owned him, or anyone who spotted someone carrying the suitcase in the area.”
Chief inspector Paul Anderson added: “Going by the circumstances under which it’s been dumped, I’m assuming [the owner] is someone reasonably local, who had knowledge of the area.”