POLICE are continuing their hunt for the owner of a muzzled dog which was left tethered to a tree in blistering temperatures.
Officers are appealing for assistance and co-operation from the public after the case, in Levenmouth last week.
A small female German Shepherd dog was found in a distressed state.
It was severely underweight and had a fabric muzzle on, which completely restricted the dog’s ability to pant and dissipate heat.
PC Judson Howie, who is attempting to trace the animal’s owners – and is himself a keen dog owner – said: “Dogs have no sweat glands and have to pant to lose heat.
“They are very prone to heat stroke and to abandon a dog with no water, and an inability to keep cool, beggars belief.
“This happened at the height of the day, when it was extremely hot and the dog was unable to drink or re-hydrate because of the tight muzzle”.
Fife Constabulary’s contact centre is also experiencing many calls from the public about dogs being left in cars.
Owners are being reminded it takes only a very short time for animals to succumb to the heat.
Wherever possible, leaving animals in cars in the full glare of the sun should be avoided, said police, as it could take only a few minutes before the heat build-up caused dehydration and death.
Anyone with information about the abandoned dog is asked to contact their local officers on 0845 600 5702, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Another example last week of irresponsible dog ownership led to a sheep and a lamb having to be put down.
Following several recent incidents of sheep in the Falkland area being attacked by dogs, an adult sheep and its lamb were so horrifically injured that they had to be humanely destroyed
PC Suzy O’Brien was seeking assistance in tracing the dog and its owners.
She said: “The injuries to these animals, particularly the adult sheep, were so significant that the owner could not fail to note the contaminants on their dog from contact with this sheep.”