‘Thinnest dog ever’ who ate glass and batteries to survive is ready to find home

Walter the dog was eating glass and batteries to survive (Picture: RSPCA)

A dog who was forced to eat glass and batteries to survive is now ready to be rehomed.

Bull breed cross Eric was so malnourished and weak when he was found in Accrington, Lancashire, vets thought he would die.

RSPCA inspector Nina Small described him as the "thinnest dog ever seen alive" after she discovered him in the garden of an abandoned council house in March.

She added Eric, who was renamed Walter, could not get up from the floor when she tried to help him.

Ms Small told Lancashire News: "All of the bones in his body were visible, he was covered in urine and his nails were overgrown.

"I believe poor Walter had been confined somewhere out of sight, eating whatever he’s been able to get in his mouth, perhaps a garage or a shed.”

Glass shards as big as 50p coins and bits of batteries were later discovered in the poor dog’s faces.

Walter the dog was close to death (Picture: RSPCA)

Walter has now fully recovered and weighs 20kg.

An RSPCA Lancashire East spokesperson added: “He was at death’s door but now he is the picture of health.

"He’s been in foster care and has made a remarkable recovery thanks to the care and dedication of his family.

"Now, he is ready for a forever home of his own."

Walter is looking for a new home (Picture: RSPCA)

Walter needs people to visit him before he gets adopted in order to make him more comfortable.

He is very friendly to both humans and animals and would thrive in the home of an experienced pet owner.

The RSPCA said the dog would suit a home with older children due to his boisterous nature.


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Ms Small, who confirmed the RSPCA was still investigating how Walter ended up abandoned, added: “He has a wonderful, energetic personality and lots of character.”

"He loves taking long naps cuddled up next to you and is happy living in a home with cats and another dog.”

If you think you can give Walter a good home call the RSPCA on 01254 231118.