Pet owner claims that lost dog was thrown into the Forth and Clyde Canal

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A dog owner has claimed his puppy was stolen and thrown in a canal.

Hugh Ferrie had left his two collies in his garden in Kirkintilloch’s Cleddens Road on Thursday, May 23, when the drama unfolded.

Later in the morning he noticed that eight-month-old Misty was missing and, when he was unable to find her near the house, he frantically started calling around to see if she had been found.

He said: “I’d left her for about an hour and knew immediately something was wrong because she never leaves the garden.”

He initially contacted the police who said they had no reports of a dog being found, but a call to a local dog and cat home revealed that there had been a report of a dog being thrown into the Forth and Clyde Canal from nearby Hillhead Bridge.

Hugh said: “Me and my cousin immediately ran down to the bridge to see if it was Misty.

“We couldn’t see her at first but then we went under the bridge where we found her sitting next to the canal.

“She’d obviously been in the water for a wee while as she was wet and trembling with cold and fear.

“She could have been there for an hour by the time we got there and could easily have died.”

More on this story in next week’s Kirkintilloch Herald.

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