Members of the public had already tried to round the dogs up, and had successfully put three of them on leads.
The animals were described as being ‘scared’ at first, but later calmed down after being rescued by the Scottish SPCA and Arthurshiel Rescue Centre.Jenny Scott, an SSPCA inspector, said: ‘The dogs were found in an appalling condition.
‘They are so matted that at present it’s difficult to tell exactly what breed they are but we think they are some sort of poodle cross.
‘The dogs were also filthy and emaciated. They are nervous around humans and don’t know how to walk on leads.
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‘We’d like to find out who these animals belong to and how they came to
be in the area.’
The Arthurshiel Rescue Centre confirmed that none of the dogs had been micro-chipped.
All the animals have now been taken to an SSPCA centre.
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