Emaciated dog abandoned in lay-by on A370 at Hewish starting recovery
A dog found in a lay-by near Weston-super-Mare and described by a vet as the "thinnest she had ever seen alive" is starting to make a recovery.
The RSPCA said the female dog was emaciated and too weak to feed herself but after being put on a drip had started to eat on her own.
Vet Ann Parry said Hope weighed in at 8kg (18lb) - a healthy weight for her would be twice that.
She said although Hope was off the drip she still had a long way to go.
The dog was found abandoned in a cardboard box in a lay-by by the side of the A370 at Hewish and taken to nearby RSPCA offices in Weston-super-Mare on 16 May
She was taken to Clarendon Vets where she spent the night before being moved to Bridge Veterinary Practice.
After several days of being drip-fed she is now able to hold up her head and is slowly starting to eat and drink for herself.
"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," Mrs Parry said.
"I spent eight years working at an RSPCA clinic in the past so I am no stranger to abused and neglected animal but this is the thinnest dog I have ever seen still alive."
RSPCA inspector John Norman the dog was found in a "terrible state".
"Whoever whoever allowed her to get like this simply tried to get rid of the problem by abandoning her as though she was rubbish."
He asked anyone who knew about the case to contact the RSPCA.
Source: BBC News