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Wednesday, Nov 10, 2010
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A cruel dog owner left a starving pet to die after tying it to a fence.
The elderly golden retriever was found slumped in a heap, too weak to stand, by a horrrified passer-by.
The stricken pooch had to be taken to the vet in a wheelbarrow.
But he was suffering so much he had to be put to sleep.
Now the SSPCA have released a picture of the tragic retriever in a bid to trace the fiend who dumped him in Lossiemouth, Moray and had been left tied outside in temperatures as low at 2C (35F).
Senior inspector Lesley Crockett said: "He was in a very poor condition when he was found.
"He was very thin, couldn't stand by himself and was suffering from a chronic skin condition.
"The dog's health would have deteriorated over a number of months.
"Whoever owned him should have taken him to a vet for treatment to prevent his condition progressing so severely.
"We really need to find the person who did this because there is no excuse for this sort of neglect."
The heartless owner could face up to six months behind bars as well as a £5,000 fine if found guilty of abandoning an animal.
Local councillor David Stewart said: "This was a very cruel thing to do to a dog. Leaving it to suffer in this way is just inhumane.
"A dog does not get in such a terrible condition overnight.
"Somebody somewhere knows who is responsible for what has happened to this poor dog and should report them."
Anyone with information about the dog can contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.
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