A dog has been saved from freezing to death by police in Cambridgeshire.
The mixed breed greyhound was found abandoned at the side of the road in the freezing cold at the weekend.
The animal was discovered as temperatures plunged well below freezing on Sunday night.
This dog was found in rural Cambridgeshire, in freezing conditions, snow falling and with the light fading. Might not have survived the night, but luckily found by one of our Roads Policing Unit patrols and now off to a warm, safe place to be cared for properly. #351869 #351871 pic.twitter.com/PZOazQWuMa
— BCH Road Policing (@roadpoliceBCH) December 10, 2017
It was found just as light was fading in a rural area by officers from Cambridgeshire Police.
Officers said the dog would almost certainly have died overnight had it not been discovered.
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The animal was found by officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit.
It posted a picture of the dog on Twitter.
The force tweeted: ‘This dog was found in rural Cambridgeshire, in freezing conditions, snow falling and with the light fading.
‘Might not have survived the night, but luckily found by one of our Roads Policing Unit patrols and now off to a warm, safe place to be cared for properly.’
It is thought the animal was taken to a dog shelter before hopefully finding a new home.
People expressed their admiration for the police on social media.
One said: ‘Just dreadful. Well done policing unit.’
Another posted: ‘What a lovely looking dog, let’s all hope a loving new home is found.’
One user wrote: ‘Aww! So lucky you were there! I hope the poor thing finds their family soon!!’