Aug 17 2011 By Nicolle Laurie
A PLUCKY little puppy left tied to a gate near Stirling is slowly showing signs of recovery.
Halo, a brown and white female Springer spaniel, was found by an off-duty police officer on a small country lane off the A872, showing serious signs of neglect and suffering from a severe skin condition.
Yesterday staff at the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) renewed their appeal for information about the distinctive little dog who only has one eye.
And SSPCA Inspector Louise Seddon urged anyone with information to get in touch as the charity is very keen to trace her owners.
Louise said: “This was a horrendous case of cruelty as whoever owned Halo allowed her to suffer from a very painful skin disease and did not seek the veterinary care she so desperately needed.”
The young dog is showing signs of recovery, but is continuing to receive treatment at Lanarkshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre where she gets bathed every three days.
Louise added: “Halo’s suffering from a bad case of demodectic mange which we don’t think has been treated, and as a result a secondary skin infection, has developed. It’s causing her serious pain and discomfort.
“We think she is only a young dog, possibly under one-year-old, and she is quite distinctive as she only has one eye.
“The vet believes her right eye has been surgically removed.
“Despite her awful skin condition, she is a lovely, friendly, little dog and a typical young spaniel – she just wants to play. We would urge anyone who recognises her to come forward.
“Abandoning an animal is an offence and anyone found guilty of doing so can be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period, or even for life.”
Anyone with information about Halo should contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999. All calls are treated in the strictest confidence.