An adorable puppy callously left to die in a cardboard box has been given a new home – by the besotted officer who rescued her.
Minnie was discovered close to death by staff at the Scottish SPCA on September 4 at a layby in Falkirk after being abandoned.
Animal rescue officer Kirsty McQuade rushed the Chihuahua cross to a vets for emergency treatment.
And after falling in love with the pup, Kirsty decided to adopt Minnie.
The tiny pooch made a full recovery and now lives with Kirsty, her partner Kevin Mitchell and their dog Disco.
Kirsty said: “It’s a miracle Minnie is still with us as she was so poorly when she was found. She was so weak she couldn’t even lift her head.
“However, brave Minnie was showing signs of improvement after only a few days and around six weeks down the line is like a different wee dog. She is absolutely wild now and is doing great.
“I couldn’t stop thinking about Minnie after rescuing her and I’m so pleased I’ve been able to give her the loving home she deserves.”
“Our other dog Disco, who I looked after as a sick puppy when I was a vet nurse, is now three years old and loves having a new sister to play with.”
“Minnie’s heartbreaking story captured the hearts of many and lots of items were donated for her such as blankets, toys, treats and dog coats so I wish to thank everyone for their generosity.
“Unfortunately we never received any information about who abandoned Minnie and we still can’t comprehend why someone would leave a helpless puppy in such a callous manner.
“Thankfully Minnie’s story has a very happy ending and she now has a forever home where she will be loved and taken care of for the rest of her life.”