Dog found wandering close to busy motorway

APPEAL: the Scottish SPCA are appealing for information on Cleo.

APPEAL: the Scottish SPCA are appealing for information on Cleo.

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AN ANIMAL charity is trying to trace the owners of a terrified dog who was found wandering on a motorway flyover on Friday, April 6.

The Scottish SPCA were contacted by concerned residents who had spotted the distressed German shepherd on a bridge at junction 3 of the M80 near Lenzie.

At one point the young dog, who has been named Cleo by the charity, ran onto the slip road but did not reach the busy motorway and was unharmed.

Ashley Griffin, animal rescue officer with the Scottish SPCA, said, “Cleo was understandably very scared when she was found and it’s extremely fortunate she wasn’t injured or killed.

“She is a young girl, aged between six and eight months, and is in good condition.

“The people who spotted her were absolutely fantastic and helped us rescue Cleo.”

She added: “We can’t be sure how she came to be there but there is only one small residential area close by and no one recognised her so it’s unlikely she has strayed from there.

“Sadly, we are dealing with the possibility Cleo had been purposefully abandoned in such a vulnerable position.

“She has no identification so we are appealing to members of the public in the hope someone will recognise her.”

Cleo is now recovering at the charity’s Lanarkshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre and anyone with information is urged to contact the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.