‘Thinnest dog ever seen’ ate glass and batteries after being left to starve

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A starving and abandoned dog who was found covered in urine resorted to eating bits of glass and old batteries.

The dog, named Eric by veterinary staff, was so thin that his ribs could be clearly seen poking through his fur and he could not stand or lift his head.

He was so weak when rescued that he collapsed and had to be wrapped in metallic thermal blankets to keep warm.

These shocking photos show the ???thinnest dog ever seen alive??? who resorted to eating bits of glass and old batteries after being abandoned. See SWNS story SWLEdog: The dog, who has been named Eric by veterinary staff caring for him, was unable to stand or lift his head. He was found by a member of the public on the afternoon of Saturday 2 March and collapsed soon after. Eric was found in garden of empty house in Accrington, Lancashire
The dog, named Eric by vets, was found in the garden of an empty council house (Picture: RSPCA/SWNS)

Heart-breaking photos show his claws had grown so long that they curled over.

The dog, described as a bull breed type, was found languishing in the garden of an empty council house in Accrington, Lancashire by a member of the public earlier this month.

RSPCA inspector Nina Small said: ‘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.’

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These shocking photos show the ???thinnest dog ever seen alive??? who resorted to eating bits of glass and old batteries after being abandoned. See SWNS story SWLEdog: The dog, who has been named Eric by veterinary staff caring for him, was unable to stand or lift his head. He was found by a member of the public on the afternoon of Saturday 2 March and collapsed soon after. Eric was found in garden of empty house in Accrington, Lancashire
Poor Eric’s claws had been left uncut for so long they started to curl over (Picture: RSPCA/SWNS)
These shocking photos show the ?thinnest dog ever seen alive? who resorted to eating bits of glass and old batteries after being abandoned. See SWNS story SWLEdog: The dog, who has been named Eric by veterinary staff caring for him, was unable to stand or lift his head. He was found by a member of the public on the afternoon of Saturday 2 March and collapsed soon after. Eric was found in garden of empty house in Accrington, Lancashire
RSPCA inspector Nina Small said Eric was the thinnest dog she had ever seen alive (Picture: RSPCA/SWNS)
These shocking photos show the ???thinnest dog ever seen alive??? who resorted to eating bits of glass and old batteries after being abandoned. See SWNS story SWLEdog: The dog, who has been named Eric by veterinary staff caring for him, was unable to stand or lift his head. He was found by a member of the public on the afternoon of Saturday 2 March and collapsed soon after. Eric was found in garden of empty house in Accrington, Lancashire
Inspectors are hunting for Eric’s owners but he has not been microchipped (Picture: RSPCA/SWNS)

Luckily Eric is being given round-the-clock care and is on the road to recovery while an investigation is carried out to trace his owners.

He was in hospital for a week and has put on nearly a kilo since going on a recovery diet.

He can now stand, take a few steps and has just gone to a foster home.

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The RSPCA have made enquiries around the area but no one has said they recognise him.

He is not microchipped, which has been required by law since 2016, making it difficult to hunt for the owner.

Anyone with information should call the RSPCA’s appeal line on 0300 123 8018.