Eric, a bull breed cross, was proclaimed as the “thinnest dog ever seen alive” by the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) inspector, who rescued the dog from the yard of an empty house in March, reports Elisa Menendez of the UK’s highest-circulating newspaper Metro. Eric was covered in urine when found, and Inspector Nina Small hastily took the animal from the home in Accrington, Lancashire to the veterinary clinic.
According to Small, “He’s the thinnest dog I’ve ever seen alive. All of the bones in his body were visible, he was covered in urine, and his nails were overgrown.” She added that Eric’s feces even bore “pieces of glass and metal as big as a 50 pence piece,” as well as batteries.
|Eric, the thinnest dog alive / Photo by: RSPCA and SWNS via Metro|
The dog has been renamed as Walter and currently weighs a healthy 20 kilograms after making a “remarkable recovery” five months later. An RSPCA Lancashire East spokesperson in charge of taking care of Walter noted, “He was at death’s door but now he is the picture of health.” Walter has been in foster care thanks to his family’s care and dedication. He is now ready to have a home of his own, the spokesperson added.
Small speculated that the dog “has been confined somewhere out of sight,” possibly in a shed or a garage where he ate whatever he could find. “We’re still investigating this case but are thrilled that he’s now back to a healthy weight and full strength so that we can find him a wonderful new home,” Small added.
|Eric's condition / Photo by: RSPCA and SWNS via Metro|
Walter is a sweet-natured dog who loves food, life, and people. He is playful around other dogs too. Hence, he would benefit from “further socialization” to bolster his confidence “and help him learn some manners,” as stated by the RSPCA. Walter would also benefit from staying in an adult-only home or a family with older children.
Small commented, “He has a wonderful, energetic personality and lots of character. He loves taking long naps cuddled up next to you and is happy living in a home with cats and another dog.” An experienced owner may train Walter and provide him a safe home with a steady routine considering that he has had a bad start in life, the RSPCA spokesperson suggested.
|Eric in a better condition / Photo by: RSPCA and SWNS via Metro|