People who commit animal cruelty are the absolute worst. A neglected dog named Walter has made a remarkable recovery after he was forced to eat glass and batteries for survival. Walter is now looking for his forever home.
Walter is a bull breed cross, who was initially given the name Eric by the veterinary staff who treated him. When Walter was discovered earlier this year in the garden of an empty council house in Accrington, Lancashire, he was so emaciated that he was named “the thinnest dog alive.”
Now, six months later, Walter is a happy and healthy dog. He’s got a new name as well as a new lease on life. Walter is at his optimum weight and, according to the RSPCA, he’s a “sweet-natured, friendly boy who loves life.”
Unfortunately, this wasn’t always the case. When Walter was first found on the 2nd of March, he was so weak he couldn’t even lift his head, let alone stand up. He was so skinny that his ribs were so clear through his fur.
Poor Walter had claws so long and over-grown that they were curling over. Not only that, but his fur was covered in his own urine. Upon his rescue, Walter collapsed and had to be wrapped in metallic thermal blankets to be kept warm.
RSPCA inspector Nina Small said, “As well as being the thinnest dog I’ve ever seen alive, he had very overgrown nails and was absolutely covered in urine. His feces had pieces of glass and metal as big as a 50 pence piece in it, and bits of batteries. I believe poor Eric [Walter] has been confined somewhere out of sight, eating whatever he’s been able to get in his mouth, perhaps in a garage or a shed.”
According to Lancashire Live, a spokesperson from RSPCA Lancashire East said Walter was “the picture of health.” In addition, Walter was described as loving people and food, as well as having a “wonderful, energetic personality” with plenty of character – as described in the organization’s Facebook post.
Walter has been in foster care since his rescue, and thanks to the care and dedication of his foster family, has made a “remarkable recovery.” And now the time has come to find him his forever home.
In the Facebook post, the RSPCA Lancashire East wrote, “At home, he likes to keep you company and enjoys taking long naps cuddled up to you. He has been living with two cats, therefore, would be fine in a home with cats and he has also been living with another dog. He is excitable and playful around other dogs and needs more socialization with them so he becomes more confident. He has had a bad start in life and would benefit from an experienced owner that can continue training and provide a balanced home for him to adapt to.”
Because he’s such an excitable and bouncy dog, the RSPCA has suggested that Walter would be best suited for homes that are either adult-only or families with grown children.
We are hopeful that sweet little Walter gets his forever home soon so he can continue to live a happy and fulfilled life. If you are interested in adopting Walter you can contact the RSPCA on 01254 231118.
Anastasia is an American writer and journalist living in Dublin, Ireland. Her Twitter is @AnastasiaArell5.
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