The RSPCA is investigating after a severely matted and underweight terrier was dumped by a derelict hotel in Stoke-on-Trent.Philip3

The Yorkshire terrier, thought to be aged around ten, was so hungry that he tried eating his own fur after it had been cut away from him at a vets.

The dog was found by two members of the public near to the Queen of Hearts hotel, in Lilydale Road, Bucknall, at around 5pm on Thursday (23 June). He has been named Philip in keeping with the royal name of the hotel where he was found.

RSPCA inspector Charlotte Melvin, who is investigating, said: “Philip was in such a bad way. He was so matted that he barely resembled a dog at first glance. On top of that, his fur was covered in faeces and he could not see as it was completely covering his eyes.Chocco1.jpg

“There is absolutely no way he would have been able to find his way around in the state that he was in, as he was so weak, so we do believe that he was dumped. It is heartbreaking to think what he has been through, as he is also very skinny.

“When we got him to the vets he had his hair clipped off – and he was so hungry that he tried to eat his own hair when it flipped off in front of him.

“Thankfully, he is doing well now and he is getting a lot of fuss and attention. We are very keen to find out where he came from, as he is not microchipped and was not wearing a collar when he was found. Anyone who knows anything at all should contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018 so we can look into how he came to be in this way.”

Philip is now in a foster home while he recovers. It is hoped that he will be available for rehoming soon.

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