An investigation has been launched after a dog was drowned in the River Garnock. 

It has been reported that the dog had a large rock tied round its neck, was put inside a carrier bag and thrown into the water.

The dog's body was later discovered by a horrified resident.

It is understood that the dog was female and was wearing a pink diamante collar. 

Police Scotland spokesperson: "We can confirm we received a call at around 5pm on Thursday, February 8 after a member of the public discovered a dead dog at the River Garnock.

"This has now been passed to the SSPCA who are dealing with this."

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or the Scottish SPCA on 03000 999 999.