Mystery of Cypriot dog found in Uddingston

MYSTERY: dog was discovered with a Cypriot microchip in Uddingston.
MYSTERY: dog was discovered with a Cypriot microchip in Uddingston.

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a dog registered in Cyprus was found in Uddingston.

The animal welfare charity was alerted to the emaciated male shar-pei on Friday (May 8).

SSPCA staff have no idea how the pooch, now being cared for at the Lanarkshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Hamilton, ended up in the country.

Inspector Kerry Friel said: “The dog is in a really bad way.

“He is emaciated, suffering from eye and ear infections and is arthritic. He can’t walk far at all without collapsing.

“He has a microchip which comes from Cyprus but it hasn’t been registered in the UK so we have been unable to trace his owners through this.

“The dog has been neutered and the vet thinks he is around eight-years-old.

“We want to find out how he came to be in this awful state and are appealing to anyone who recognises him and knows who may have owned him

to contact us.”

Causing an animal unnecessary suffering 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.

Anyone with information on the shar-pei is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.