The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a staffie crossbreed puppy was abandoned in a lay-by on the outskirts of Edinburgh during severe weather.
A couple spotted the female pup tied up at the side of the A7 in Gorebridge as they drove past at around 4pm on Sunday evening.
They and took her to the charity’s Edinburgh and Lothians Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Balerno.
The nine-week-old pup has been named Eve by Scottish SPCA staff.
Senior Inspector Stuart Murray said: “This was an incredibly cruel act and we are very keen to trace the person who left Eve alone and frightened during heavy rain and strong winds.
“She was extremely hungry when she was found but is in good bodily condition.
“Eve is a beautiful little girl with a sweet and friendly nature and we’re sure there will be no shortage of people wanting to offer her a new home.
“She certainly hasn’t had the best of starts but in the New Year we’ll find someone who’s willing to give her the love and care she deserves for the rest of her life.”
Abandoning an animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 and anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.
Anyone with information is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA.