A TERRIFIED dog was chained to a tree and abandoned in a river by his callous owner.
An animal cruelty probe has been launched after a walker found the traumatised pet in the Allander, Milngavie, last week.
The tri-coloured border collie is now being looked after at the Scottish SSPCA’s rehoming centre in Milton and has been named Bob.
Bob was spotted by a man last Friday morning when he was walking to Clober Golf Club and he alerted two women as he wasn’t physically able to rescue him.
After walking to the other side of the river one of them, Emma Seaton from Bearsden, bravely scrambled down the steep embankment, released the metal chain attached to his collar and pulled him out of the water.
She said: “He’d managed to get his back legs on to a narrow ledge so that only his front paws were in the water. The chain was about three feet long and it had been tied to a tree but part of it was also lodged in some rocks in the river.
“He had extended the lead as far as he could to try to stay dry, I felt so sorry for him.
“His paw was infected and his fur was all matted - it looked like he had two tails - and he was really smelly.
“He was really pleased to see me and the dogs and started wagging his tail after he was freed.
“He is a lovely dog, really friendly, seeing him like that was horrendous and difficult to believe.
“I don’t think the owner had any intention of returning for him and it’s hard to say how long he’d been there.
“If the water had been fast flowing like the week before it would have been a different story.”
Cathy Halpin, from Milngavie, took Bob home and fed him while she waited for the police to collect him.
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