Abandoned frail golden retriever put to sleep

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The Scottish SPCA issued a picture of the dog in the hope it helps trace the owner

A frail elderly dog has had to be put to sleep after being found abandoned near Lossiemouth.

The Scottish SPCA issued a picture of the golden retriever in the hope it helps trace the offending owner.

The pet dog was found tied to a fence on Wednesday afternoon near Inchbroom Farm.

Scottish SPCA senior inspector Lesley Crockett said: "The vet decided the most humane option was to put the dog to sleep to end his suffering."

She explained: "He was an older dog and 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 to receive 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."

Abandoning an animal carries penalties of up to a maximum of six months in prison, a fine up to £5,000, or both.

Those found guilty can also be banned from keeping animals.

Anyone with information about the dog can contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

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