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Dying dog brought to the vet’s, X-ray reveals what he had been eating to survive

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Eric, rescued Pitbull-type dog, was the skinniest dog anyone had ever seen at the shelter. He was on the brink of death when he was found in an abandoned home. 

By Justine Seraphin , 20 May 2019

To survive, the poor dog ate whatever he could find. But no-one knows how long the home was abandoned, with no-one there to feed the poor pooch.

Alone in the world

Eric was found in the backyard of a home in Accrington, Lancashire. No-one knows who used to live there, nor how long ago they had moved, leaving their dog behind. If rescuers had to guess though, they would probably assume Eric had been alone for several weeks, if not several months. 

With no-one there to give him food or water, Eric could only rely on himself for survival. The poor dog ate whatever he could find in the home, even if those things weren’t necessarily edible.
When a kind neighbour saw the dog lying, as if dead, in the backyard, he decided to take action. Soon after his discovery, the RSPCA arrived and took Eric into their care. 

A shocking discovery

No-one could believe the size of this dog. Staff members had never seen such a skinny animal. Vets quickly performed all sorts of tests to see if there was any internal damage to Eric’s health. What the X-ray revealed shocked them even more than the condition of the poor dog.

In his stomach, Eric had pieces of glass, metal, and even alkaline batteries. It was clear the starving canine had eaten anything he could find, just to try to satisfy his hunger.

When he first arrived, staff members didn’t think he would make it. He was lethargic, and extremely weak.


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Despite this, the tender loving care Eric is receiving at the shelter is giving him the will to live. And slowly but surely, he is making a full recovery. When he has regained his full health, he will be able to join his new fur-ever home, who is already ready to give him all the love and treats in the world.

We are so glad someone found Eric just in time, and wish him all the happiness in the world in the years to come.