A veterinary surgeon working for the RSPCA has described a dog that was handed in at its North Somerset office as “the thinnest dog I have ever seen still alive”.

A veterinary surgeon working for the RSPCA has described a dog that was handed in at its North Somerset office as “the thinnest dog I have ever seen still alive.”

The dog, who has now been named Hope, was found in a cardboard box in a lay-by on the A370 near Hewish on May 16 in a severely underweight and malnourished condition.

When found, Hope was half the weight a healthy dog of her breed and size should beShe is thought to be about one to two years old, and when found, weighed just eight kilos – half of what a healthy dog her breed and size should weigh.

She was first rushed to Clarendon Veterinary Centre before being transferred to Bridge Veterinary Surgery in Highbridge, Somerset.

Vet Ann Parry, who is now looking after Hope at Bridge Vets, said: “I 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 still alive.

“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.”

RSPCA inspector John Norman, who will be investigating, 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 so we can find whoever is responsible and ensure there are not other animals in their possession in need or help.”

  • Anyone with information about Hope should call 0300 1234 999 and leave a message for Inspector Norman.

Image courtesy RSPCA
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