A dog which resorted to eating bits of glass and old batteries after being abandoned is slowly recovering.
The dog, who has been named Eric by veterinary staff, was so emaciated that the pet’s ribs could be seen clearly poking through his fur.
He was found in the garden of an empty council house in Accrington, Lancashire, by a member of the public earlier this month.
RSPCA inspectors said Eric, pictured after he was found, was the thinnest dog they have seen survive. He was found in the garden of an empty council house in Accrington, Lancashire
The dog was found covered in urine, and his faeces had pieces of glass, metal and bits of batteries in it.
Eric was so weak when rescued that he promptly collapsed and had to be wrapped in metallic thermal blankets to keep him warm.
But now Eric is on the road to recovery after being given round-the-clock care.
Just a few weeks ago, he could not even stand or lift his head, but in a photo taken this week, he looks much healthier and happier.
Eric is pictured with veterinary staff as he is nursed back to health. The dog, who has been named Eric by veterinary staff, was so emaciated that the pet’s ribs could be seen clearly poking through his fur
Eric has been described as a an unneutered male bull breed type.
According to the Kennel Club, a male bulldog should weigh 25kg, or around 55 pounds.
When Eric arrived at the centre, he weighed just 11.6kg, or around 25 pounds, which is under half of what he should weigh.
But this week, he weighed 12.8kg (28 pounds), which shows that Eric is on the road to recovery after his horrific neglect.
The three pound weight gain
One RSPCA inspector said Eric was the thinnest dog that she had ever seen alive.
Heart-breaking photos showed his claws which were so long and over-grown that they curled over.
He was hospitalised for a week before being put onto a recovery diet.
The dog has now been sent to a foster home where he can recover.
Eric, pictured, was rescued from the garden of an empty council house in Accrington, Lancashire having been abandoned by his callous owner
Eric also had severely overgrown nails, pictured; a further example of the neglect
Since his rescue earlier this month, Eric has put on more than a kilo of weight as he recovers