Blind cat with brain condition discovered in bin
Dusty, who was found by a member of the public in Cumbernauld, had to be put down by vets.
A blind cat with a brain condition was discovered inside a bin in Cumbernauld.
The male moggy was found by a member of the public and taken to Lawrie Vets on Kenilworth Court.
Named Dusty by staff at the Scottish SPCA's centre in Glasgow, a veterinary professional later decided to put him down due to his condition.
The animal welfare charity said it was unclear if the cat was placed in the bin deliberately, but added it would be an "unusually cruel" incident if so.
Scottish SPCA animal rescue officer Stephanie Kirk said: "We're keen to determine if the cat was deliberately placed in the bin, or if he fell in.
"Unfortunately we don't know exactly where he was found so we're hoping someone saw something suspicious.
"The cat, named Dusty by staff at our centre in Glasgow, was blind and suffered from a neurological condition.
"Sadly, due to his condition the decision was made by a veterinary professional that the kindest thing was to put him to sleep.
"If this has been done on purpose it is not only an unusually cruel incident but it is also an offence."
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.