The Scottish SPCA has appealed for information after a dog was found in a lay-by next to tins of food in Aberdeenshire.
The black and white collie crossbreed was discovered on a rural road near Crimond on Tuesday evening.
The male dog - which has been named Benson - is believed to be aged between two and three.
Scottish SPCA Ch Insp John Carle said: "Unfortunately it does appear Benson was abandoned."
He explained: "Benson was sitting next to a tray of tinned dog food, one of which had been opened for him.
"We think he had been trying to get to the food in the other tins as the plastic surrounding them had saliva over it.
"He wasn't tied up so it's lucky he didn't run onto the road and come to harm.
"We are keen to hear from anyone who recognises him and knows who may have owned him."
He added: "Benson is in very good condition and he's friendly towards females, although he does seem to be wary around men.
The dog is now in the care of the Scottish SPCA's Aberdeenshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Drumoak.