The thinnest dog I ever saw: RSPCA vet
A DOG abandoned in a cardboard box has been described as the "thinnest dog ever seen alive" by the RSPCA.
The Staffordshire cross weighed just 8kg – half the healthy weight for her breed – and was unable to eat or drink by herself when found.
She was handed in to an RSPCA centre in Weston-super-Mare by a man who gave his name only as Ben and claimed he had found the dog.
The starved animal, named Hope by staff, spent several days on a drip and is now able to hold her head up and has slowly started eating and drinking.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
Vet Anna Parry said: "I have spent eight years working at an RSPCA clinic in the past so I am no stranger to abused and neglected animals but this is the thinnest dog I have ever seen alive.
"She weighs just 8kg and a healthy weight for her would be more like 16.
"When she first arrived we had to wrap her in blankets and bubble wrap just to keep her warm as she could not maintain her temperature and although she is now off the drip and much more responsive she still has a long way to go."
Hope, believed to be between one and two years old, was found in a cardboard box in a lay-by near a burger van at the side of the A370 near Hewish on May 16.
RSPCA inspector John Norman said: "This poor creature was found in a terrible state, and it would seem that whoever allowed her to get like this simply tried to get rid of the problem by abandoning her as though she was rubbish.
"I would urge anyone with information about this dog to contact the RSPCA cruelty and information line so we can find whoever is responsible and ensure there are no other animals in their possession in need of help," he said.
Anyone found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal can face up to six months in prison and a £20,000 fine.
When Hope is well enough, she will be transferred to the RSPCA North Somerset Branch Brent Knoll Animal Centre.
Anyone with information about Hope can contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 and leave a message for Insp Norman.