A DOG found dead in rural Perth may have been "purposefully targeted", according to investigators.

The Jack Russell terrier, named Max, was discovered by its owner with blood running out of its nose on Friday, July 20, at Broadheadfold Farm in Dunning, Perth.

The Scottish SPCA say the pet was killed by injuries to the back of its head that are "very unlikely" to have been caused by a vehicle.

Inspector Robert Baldie said: "After becoming concerned that Max didn’t return from running around the farm, his owner went looking for him and sadly found him dead with blood running from his nose.

“A post mortem has revealed that Max died from trauma to the back of his head so we’re extremely concerned that he has been purposefully targeted. It’s very unlikely his injuries were caused from being hit by a car.

“We can pinpoint the incident down to roughly 11.25am to 12.10pm on 20 July so we’re urging anyone who noticed anything unusual to get in touch with our animal helpline immediately.”

Anyone with information is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.