A severely underweight puppy who was dumped in Coventry last week has been discharged from the vets and is currently doing well.

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Four month-old William, a lurcher-type breed, was found by a member of the public and was taken to the RSPCA’s Coventry Animal Centre on Wednesday (9 September), where the decision was made to get him seen straightaway at a vets.

He was found curled up at the side of the road in Willenhall Lane, unable to stand up.

William has now been discharged from the vets and is currently in a foster home in Coventry.

Lorraine Bryan-Arnold, deputy manager of the RSPCA’s Coventry branch, said William has put on a bit of weight over the weekend and is eating well.

She said: “On Friday he struggled to stand up but today he seems perkier in himself. Yesterday (Monday) his fosterer brought him in for a visit and he spent time in the office with us. At one point he ran off with some hand brushes in his mouth – this was lovely to see because he is now showing his puppy-like behaviour.

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“Because he is so thin we have to keep him warm so he has been bought a jumper and he’s been lying down under a blanket.

“William is such a lovely dog, it’s heart-breaking to know that he has been through so much already. But it is such a pleasure to have him with us.”

RSPCA inspector Nicky Foster said that William was the thinnest dog she had seen in ten years of working for the RSPCA.

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