Four dead puppies which were found in a field next to the A77 are said to be victims of an illegal puppy farm.
The puppies were discovered by a lorry driver on November 18 after they had been dumped in a lay-by on the A77 between Cairnryan and Ballantrae.
The Scottish SPCA are now appealing for information with an officer saying: “The A77 is the main link between Scotland and Northern Ireland, which is where the majority of puppy farm suppliers are based.
“The central belt of Scotland is also where the majority of potential customers are. These pups were between six and 12 weeks old and were possibly a spaniel breed.
“We suspect they were part of a shipment from Northern Ireland and tragically died during the ferry journey before being callously dumped.
“We are currently awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination to establish the cause of death.
“Anyone with information is being urged to contact our Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.