A “nervous and petrified” lost dog, who was discovered at the top of England's highest mountain, is being cared for by an animal welfare charity who fear the animal was abandoned by his owners.
A Scottish couple from Maybole, South Ayshire, who were on holiday in the Lake District, found the collie cross at the summit of Scafell Pike on 16 May.
The pair spent around half an hour attempting to coax the “petrified and nervous” dog over to them so they could help him, Scottish SPCA centre manager Anna O’Donnell said in a statement.
After the police in England said they were unable to assist with the situation, the couple took the collie home to Scotland.
"They were so worried about him and then called us,” said Ms O’Donnell.
The dog, who has been nicknamed Scafell, is believed to be between five and eight years old, and is being cared for at the charity's centre in Glasgow.
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As the animal is not microchipped, the charity has been unable to locate its owner, said Mr O’Donnell.
"We have also searched for information about dogs who have gone missing in the area with no luck.
"At this stage it's all a bit of a mystery but we believe Scafell may have been taken up the mountain by his owner and become lost. There is also a chance he was abandoned and made his own way up to the top of Scafell Pike.
"It would be fantastic if we are able to reunite him with his owner if he has gone missing. If not we will find him a loving new home in Scotland," said Ms O'Connell.
Anyone who recognises Scafell is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA Glasgow centre on 03000 999 999Reuse content