A pocket-sized puppy handed over to the RSPCA was so cold and hairless officers had to make him a jumper – made out of children’s SOCKS.
The tiny Chinese crested Chihuahua cross named Arthur is being nursed back to health after he was handed over to RSPCA officials with a body temperature so low he had hypothermia.
The animal charity, who took care of the pooch when he was just six-weeks-old is now warning future pet owners to be wary of taking on animals when they are too young.
The now eight-week-old puppy, who weighs just 600 grams and stands at four inches tall, is making a full recovery at the RSPCA centre in Chobham, Surrey.
But the tiny pup, who has already found a new home, has been keeping the chills at bay with adorable jumpers made out of socks.
Deputy manager Liz Wood was looking for items to keep him warm – but the only thing small enough to fit on his chest were tiny children’s socks.
“He had sores all over his body and was freezing cold. His body temperature was four degrees lower than it should’ve been.
“Thankfully he is a little trooper and has fought back.”
Unique Arthur is almost entirely hairless except for his head, tail and feet – but now has, made from Despicable Me and Tweetie Bird socks.
Liz said: “As he is part Chinese crested he has been feeling the cold weather and he is so small he can sit in the palm of your hand – so finding jumpers small enough for him was proving very difficult indeed.
“When I went out shopping one weekend I found some children’s socks and thought they would be perfect, so I made two small holes in the top for his legs and cut the heels off and they fit him perfectly. He can move around just fine and keep warm too.
“He is such a sweet little pup, he steals the hearts of everyone he meets and already has a foster home lined up which is fantastic.”