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‘Skin and bones’ dog found collapsed in the middle of a busy road in Maidstone

PUBLISHED: 16:51 21 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:52 21 February 2017

Snoopy

Snoopy

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The young female lurcher named Snoopy was so thin she was mistaken for a pile of rags

The RSPCA is investigating after a dog described as ‘almost skin and bone’ was found collapsed in the middle of a busy road in Maidstone.

The young female lurcher named Snoopy was found by passing motorists on Wooley Road on Thursday night (February 16), where she was almost mistaken for a pile of rags.

The passers-by rushed her straight to a vet and she is now making a steady recovery in the care of the charity’s Leybourne Animal Centre. She is believed to be less than two years old.

RSPCA inspector Rosie Russon said: “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.

“No medical condition has been found so this emaciation seems to be due to not being fed. 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.”

Anyone with any information about how Snoopy ended up on the side of the road in this way should call the RSPCA’s inspectorate line on 0300 123 8018.

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