Eric described as the "thinnest dog seen alive" by RSPCA inspector (Image: RSPCA)
Shocking images of the emaciated pet show why an RSPCA inspector was left describing him as the “thinnest dog ever seen alive”. The pitiful animal’s ribs can be seen clearly poking through his fur and he was so weak when rescued that he promptly collapsed. Now with the name of Eric and having been given round-the-clock care, he is on the road to recovery while an investigation has been launched to trace his owners.
Eric, a bull-breed dog with dark brown patches on his white coat, could not stand or lift his head when he was found by a member of the public languishing in the garden of an empty house in Ribblesdale Avenue, Accrington, Lancashire, earlier this month.
RSPCA Inspector Nina Small described Eric’s pitiful state, explaining today: “As well as being the thinnest dog I’ve ever seen alive, he had very overgrown nails and was absolutely covered in urine.
“His faeces had pieces of glass and metal as big as a 50 pence piece in it, and bits of batteries.
“I believe poor Eric has been confined somewhere out of sight, eating whatever he’s been able to get in his mouth, perhaps in a garage or a shed.”
Ribs of Eric "the thinnest dog" can clearly be seen poking through fur (Image: RSPCA)
Eric 's nails looking overgrown and curled over (Image: RSPCA)
Eric had to be wrapped in metallic thermal blankets to keep him warm when he collapsed moments after being rescued. Images show his claws were so long they curled over.
Inspector Small added: “The finder was walking his daughter back from a local park when he saw him, and went back to get him. I have made enquiries locally, but no one recognises Eric. He isn’t microchipped, as is required by law, and has not been reported as a stray to the dog warden, so at the moment there is no way of tracing his owner.
“I’m especially appealing for anyone with CCTV in the area to check it and see if that throws up any information. Eric did not get to this garden on his own.”
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Eric still looks thin after veterinary care but is on the road to recovery (Image: RSPCA)
Eric still looks skeletal but is putting on weight (Image: RSPCA)
Eric was kept in an animal hospital for a week for emergency treatment after his rescue and is beginning the road to recovery, although he still looks extremely thin in new photographs taken this week.
Inspector Small continued: “Eric’s put on nearly a kilo and he’s now able to stand and can take a few steps. It’s looking like he’s turned a corner, but he still has a long way to go.
“He’s just gone to a foster home where he is continuing to get the TLC he needs to hopefully continue to recover.”
Anyone with information that can help the RSPCA should contact the charity’s confidential appeals line on 0300 123 8018.