I did have a bit of a giggle when I realised the dog wasn’t real
The Scottish SPCA received a tipoff that the black and white collie was lying at the roadside in Hillington, Glasgow.
But when animal rescue officer Kerry Friel arrived at the scene last Friday, she found the ‘injured’ animal was in fact a toy.
She said: “The toy was large and quite lifelike so I can understand why the person thought this was an animal in need of our help.
“This was the day after Halloween so it’s possible the dog was part of a costume.
“We do occasionally receive call-outs of this nature from people with genuine concerns for animals, only to find a toy or ornament.
“I did have a bit of a giggle when I realised the dog wasn’t real as I’m used to dealing with injured animals on a daily basis and it can be very upsetting.”
It’s not the first case of mistaken identity that the charity has suffered recently.
Last month a rescue worker was scrambled after reports an owl had been cruelly tied to a tree.
But when they arrived at the property in Portlethen, near Aberdeen, they found it was a plastic ornament.
And last year officers were called to catch a snake in a loft — only to discover it was part of an Adam and Eve fancy dress costume.
However the charity urged people to call its helpline on 03000 999 999 if they believe an animal is in distress.