Thinnest Dog 'Ever Seen Alive' Is Looking Forever Home After Miraculous Recovery
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A mistreated dog, described by rescuers as the "thinnest ever seen alive", has now been nursed back to health and is looking for his forever home.
Walter, originally called Eric by vets, resorted to living on a diet of batteries and glass after being mistreated by former owners.
The bull breed cross was heartbreakingly at "death's door" when the RSPCA found him. The poor pooch was so emaciated his ribs were visible through his fur and he couldn't even stand or lift his head.
Thankfully, Walter has made a "remarkable recovery" and rescuers hope they'll be able to find him a forever home to give him the love and attention he deserves after such a bad start in life.
The pitifully thin dog was discovered in the garden of an empty house in Accrington, Lancashire, by a member of the public in March 2019. He was rushed to the vets by RSPCA worker Nina Small, where he collapsed.
"[Walter] was at death's door but now he is the picture of health," a RSPCA spokesperson said. "He's been in foster care and has made a remarkable recovery thanks to the care and dedication of his family. Now, he is ready for a forever home of his own."
Rescuer Nina added: "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.
"His faeces had pieces of glass and metal as big as a 50 pence piece in it, and bits of batteries.
"I believe poor Walter had been confined somewhere out of sight, eating whatever he's been able to get in his mouth - perhaps a garage or a shed.
"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."
Walter is described by his rescuers as a "sweet-natured, friendly boy who loves life, people and food".
"He has a wonderful, energetic personality and lots of character," added RSPCA inspector Nina. "He loves taking long naps cuddled up next to you and is happy living in a home with cats and another dog."
Walter is also "excitable and playful" around other doggos, meaning he might need to learn a few manners and some help building his confidence.
He's quite bouncy too so the RSPCA reckons Walter will be best in a adult-only home or with a family with older children.
The adorable pooch is house trained and travels well in the car for adventures. He doesn't mind being left on his own for short amounts of time either and he walks well on a lead with lots of encouragement.
Walter also has a slight skin issue, but he's already on treatment for that.
Anyone interested in giving Walter a new home should contact the RSPCA by calling 01254 231118.
Here's hoping this beautiful boy can find a forever home he so badly deserves soon.