SPCA appeal for information

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after two young lurcher type dogs were thrown over a fence into a school playground in Irvine.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity was called to rescue the dogs after a local resident witnessed a man abandoning them at Haysholm School, Bank Street, at around 6pm on Saturday 2 June.

Now recovering from their ordeal at the Scottish SPCA’s Glasgow Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre, the lurchers, one a black and white female and the other a black male, have been named Holly and Willow.

Inspector Stewart Taylor said, “It appears these dogs were lifted up over a six foot fence and dumped into the school grounds where they remained trapped until I was able to remove them.

“Both Holly and Willow are in satisfactory body condition and they are very friendly and affectionate dogs so it’s likely they’ve been someone’s pet up until now.

“It’s lucky that a member of the public witnessed this happening as the school was closed for the weekend and the public holiday so they could have been trapped without food and water for three full days.

“We’re very keen to trace the owner of these dogs as abandoning an animal is an offence and anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.”

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