The remains of a “dog” discovered in a bin bag on a Dundee footpath are now believed to have been those of a sheep.
Residents had expressed their shock after an animal was found dumped in a bin bag in Linlathen on Monday last week.
Police officers were spotted carrying out inquiries in the area around Mossgiel Crescent.
At the time, a spokesman for the force confirmed that due to the decomposed state of the animal, the matter was not being treated as a crime.
The grim discovery was passed over to Dundee City Council.
A spokeswoman for the local authority confirmed that the discovery is now suspected to have been the remains of a sheep or a lamb.
Nikki Dodds, 33, who lives in the area, said: “It’s a very odd thing to have been dumped.
“You wonder what goes through people’s minds.
“It is concerning to know that an animal has been dumped – there are a lot of kids living around this area.
“You’d think if someone had killed it by accident they would dispose of it properly.”
When the discovery was first made, some residents said they thought the animal may have been shot.
Dog owner Nicola Ross, 43, said everyone in the area had been talking about the discovery of the animal.
She said: “I know there are a lot of dog owners in the area.
“With that in mind, we thought we would have known if someone’s dog had been left in this condition.
“It is very strange, if not a little creepy, to find out that this has possibly been the remains of a sheep.
“Maybe outside the city it might have been more likely there would have been a discovery like this – but there isn’t a farm here in the area.”
Dennis Christie, 65, who also lives in Linlathen, said: “I was shocked to hear that a dog had been discovered.
“It’s very weird to find out that it might have been a sheep.”
Mike Flynn, Scottish SPCA chief superintendent, said: “We can confirm we have not been alerted to any deceased sheep in Dundee.
“Anyone who comes across a dead animal should contact their local council.”