The SSPCA are requesting help from the public to trace the owner of a dog left tied up outside a shopping centre for four hours.
The charity were alerted by staff at Cameron Toll Shopping centre who had noticed the black female Staffordshire bull terrier “barking and howling for attention” at around 7.45am on Tuesday morning.
The dog, who has been named Carmen, is now being cared for by staff at the Scottish SPCA’s Edinburgh and Lothians Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre at Balerno.
Senior Inspector John Toule said: “Shop staff at Cameron Toll contacted us when they found Carmen tied up, barking and howling for attention.
“There is a chance that her owner may have taken her to the centre and forgotten to collect her, but we feel that this is quite unlikely as she was left there for over four hours and no-one has contacted us since searching for their lost pet.
“We have to consider the likelihood that she has been abandoned, therefore we’re asking the public to contact us if they recognise her and know who owned her.
“Although initially a little nervous about getting into my van, she is a very friendly wee girl and if no-one claims her we’ll be looking to find her a loving new home.”
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 Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.