Dog who ate glass and batteries to survive is now looking for a new home


A dog who was described as the ‘the thinnest dog I've ever seen alive’ by the RSPCA inspector who rescued him is now looking for a new home.

Walter had been eating glass and batteries to survive when he was discovered by the RSPCA, in the yard of an empty council house in Accrington back in March.

Inspector Nina Small found the bull breed cross and rushed him straight to the vets. When they arrived Walter collapsed and was unable to stand or lift his head.


Now five months later, Walter has made a ‘remarkable recovery’ and weighs a healthy 20kg.

The very good boy is currently looking for his forever home, so if you or anyone you know are interested please get in touch with the RSPCA and give his story a happy ending.

Nina said:

He's the thinnest dog I've ever seen alive. All of the bones in his body were visible, he was covered in urine and his nails were overgrown. His faeces had pieces of glass and metal as big as a 50 pence piece in it, and bits of batteries. 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. We’re still investigating this case but are thrilled that he’s now back to a healthy weight and full strength so that we can find him a wonderful new home. Walter is a sweet-natured, friendly boy who loves life, people and food! 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.

According to the RSPCA, Walter is playful and excitable around other dogs, and could do with a little bit of socialisation to build his confidence and help with his manners.

He’s full of energy and bouncy so an adult-only home would be best, or one with older children, and Walter is fully house trained. He’s happy being left on his own for short periods and walks well on a lead, and he has a slight skin issue which he’s on treatment for.

If you’re interested in taking Walter in and giving him the home he deserves, contact the RSPCA branch on 01254 231118.

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