The RSPCA is appealing for information after the ‘thinnest dog ever seen alive’ by an RSPCA inspector was found in Accrington, Lancashire.


The dog, who has been named Eric by veterinary staff caring for him, was unable to stand or lift his head.Eric when arrived at vets


He was found by a member of the public on the afternoon of Saturday 2 March and collapsed soon after.


RSPCA inspector Nina Small said: “He was in the yard of an empty council house on Ribblesdale Avenue, near to the cricket club and playing fields.


“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 him. 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.”


Eric is described as an unneutered male bull breed type, and is white with dark brown patches.


Eric on 18 MarchHe was so thin when he was found that all the bones in his body could be seen through his fur.


Inspector 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 a garage or a shed.


“If anyone has any information please contact me on our appeal line 0300 123 8018.


“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.”


Eric was hospitalised for a week and continues to be on a recovery diet. “He’s put on nearly a kilo,” said Inspector Small.


“He’s now able to stand and can take a few steps (pictured left on Monday) and 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.”


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