A young dog was injured after being struck in a Christmas Eve hit-and-run.
The Staffordshire bull terrier, thought to be around 18 months old, lost a lot of blood from a leg injury after being run over by a vehicle in Elm Street, Blantyre, South Lanarkshire at around 7pm.
Animal welfare charity the Scottish SPCA is now trying to trace the owner of the dog, named Rudy by his rescuers. The Staffie is being cared for at the charity's Lanarkshire animal rescue and rehoming centre.
Animal rescue officer Ashley Griffin, who took the dog to a vet for treatment, said: "The lady who called us said she saw a vehicle hit Rudy. It seems the driver then continued on without stopping, which was very irresponsible. Thankfully there were kind people nearby who came to Rudy's aid as he was losing a lot of blood from his leg and he was struggling to put any weight on it.
"When I arrived at the scene, police were doing door-to-door inquiries but unfortunately no one recognised Rudy. He is such a sweetheart and he is incredibly friendly, so it's possible he has an owner out there who's desperately worried about him. We'd love to return him home after his ordeal if he has gone missing. If no one comes forward for Rudy, we'll be looking to find him a new owner once he has fully recovered."
Meanwhile, the charity is appealing for information about another dog found in a terrible condition in Glasgow.
The male terrier cross was found at Panmure Street, next to Firhill Stadium in Maryhill, on the afternoon of Friday December 28. The member of public who made the discovery took him to the charity's rehoming centre in Cardonald. The animal, around seven to eight years old, has a severe skin condition and has infections in both ears. He is thought to have endured "a great deal of suffering through neglect".
The Scottish SPCA warned that causing an animal unnecessary suffering is an offence which can result in a ban on keeping pets.
Senior inspector Billy Linton said: "This dog was wearing a collar with the name Tyson on it when he was found, so we are hoping this will help us to identify his owner. Poor Tyson is in a bad way and he has a very low demeanour. He is suffering from a painful skin condition which has been left untreated and he has lost a lot of hair from his body. Tyson's skin complaint will be painful and irritating but he is now receiving treatment to make him more comfortable.
"His claws are extremely long, indicating he had not been outside for some time before he was found. We have no doubt that he has been caused a great deal of suffering through neglect and we are very keen to trace his owner." Anyone with information about either case is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.