'˜Thinnest dog ever seen' put to sleep after being abandoned in Livingston

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a severely emaciated dog was discovered in East Main Street in LivingstonWARNING: This article has an image that some may find upsetting

Wednesday, 17th January 2018, 12:27 pm
Updated Wednesday, 17th January 2018, 12:37 pm
The SSPCA are appealing for information

Investigators have said that they can’t rule out that he was dumped there by car.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity was alerted when the police picked him up on Wednesday morning.

Inspector Stuart Murray said, “We are appealing for any information regarding this dog, please get in touch if you recognise him.

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The German shepherd could be lifted with one hand

“This is thinnest dog I have ever seen in my line of work. He was in a state of complete emaciation and unable to lift his head, I was shocked that he was still alive. Despite being a large German shepherd breed I could lift him with one hand.

“From the dog’s long claws and general condition he had most likely not been outside for some time however we are hopeful that someone will recognise this canine and be able to help us with our enquiries.

“The decision was made by a vet to sadly put him to sleep to prevent any further suffering.”

Abandoning an animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. Anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.

The German shepherd could be lifted with one hand

Anyone with information is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.