New powers come in to force today to rehome animals quicker in Scotland.
Legislation has come in to effect today which will enable animals taken into possession to protect their welfare to be rehomed far more efficiently.
Before today, animals seized on welfare grounds in Scotland that were not signed over by the owner to the Scottish SPCA would have to temporarily reside at a rescue centre until any legal proceedings had concluded.
Changes to the legislation mean that animals seized due to welfare concerns can now be rehomed after a minimum of just three weeks without a court order, reducing the time spent in an interim home before finding a new family.
Commenting on the changes, Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon said: