A dog found abandoned at the side of the road is one of the skinniest animals the RSPCA has ever rescued.
The emaciated young lurcher, nicknamed Snoopy, was just “a bag of bones” when she was found collapsed by the carriageway by passing motorists.
Drivers travelling on the busy road in Maidstone, Kent, rushed her straight to a vet on February 16, but thankfully now she is making a steady recovery in the care of the animal charity .
It is thought the two-year-old tan dog, weighing the same as around ten bags of sugar at just 22Ibs, was deliberately starved and kept in a tiny cage as she had injuries to her tail.
Rosie Russon, an inspector for the RSPCA, said Snoopy was so skinny the members of the public who found her mistook the starving dog for a pile of rags.
She added: “Snoopy was curled up and collapsed in the kerb of the busy street when she was found.
“The people who found her said they at first mistook her for a pile of rags, she was so still, and they had to swerve to miss her.
“Thankfully they realised in time and kindly rescued her and took her to a nearby vet who called us the next day.
“She is extremely thin – almost skin and bones – and weighing just ten kilos rather than the 16 kilos which would have been a healthy weight for her size.
“She also had injuries to her tail which are consistent with being caged in an enclosed space.
“She is very young – we think less than two years old – and has clearly had a very sad start in life – but she is regardless such a sweet, friendly little thing.
“She seems to making a good recovery, although there is always a danger of organ failure in dogs so we are keeping a close eye on her.”
The RSPCA is investigating Snoopy’s mistreatment as she continues to recover at Leybourne Animal Centre in Kent.