A SEAL pup has been put down following a "severe" dog attack at a harbour in Edinburgh over the weekend.

The Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) took to social media to announce the death of the animal, which suffered a broken jaw from the incident.

The charity warned dog owners to be vigilant when taking their pets to Newhaven Harbour in the Scottish capital, a popular area for dogwalkers.

READ MORE: Fury as seal killings are blamed on cannibal seals

Owners are encouraged to put their dogs on a leash when in the area to prevent any further incidents.

Scottish SPCA said: "Sadly, this seal pup had to be put to sleep after suffering a severe dog bite injury, including a broken jaw, at Newhaven Harbour, Edinburgh over the weekend.

"Dog owners must be vigilant when walking their dogs in the area as the harbour is a busy location where seal pups are commonly found.

"If you come across a seal while walking your dog please put your dog on the lead and keep your distance from the animal.

"If you have concerns about a seal please call our animal helpline on 03000 999 999."

The incident has been reported to the police and the Scottish SPCA has urged members of the public to get in touch if they have information.

Police Scotland have been approached for comment.