Police and wildlife officers are probing an incident which claimed the life of a little dog in a pet carrier by drowning.
The plastic container was found by a horrified dog walker Sarah Wilde on Monday, September 21. It was near the Dullatur end of the Forth & Clyde Canal and Sarah made numerous varied attempts to retrieve the carrier.
When she eventually succeeded in doing so, she found the carrier secured by cable ties and a shattered hinge with smashed side clips.
Its condition pointed to the fact that the terrified pet had tried to escape but to no avail.
Allanfauld Road resident Sarah said: “The poor little thing must have put up a hell of a fight. He or she was very much alive when she went into the water,
“The dog was black in colour but due to being in the water for a week or so, I’m guessing, I was unable to identify the breed.
“The spot was quite a way down the towpath so I am hopping someone may have seen someone unloading this carrier from their car.
“The case itself is grey and black with a blue door and sideclips.
“Someone out there must know something.”
The person responsible could face steep penalties including a prison sentence.
l Anyone with information is asked to call 03000 999 999.