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Skeletal Dog Lucky To Have Survived Cold Weather

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Fuseworks Media

7 August 2008 - A severely emaciated dog found in Petone yesterday is lucky to have survived the recent cold weather says Animal Welfare Inspector Ben Lakomy.

The dog, 18 month old male white and brindle English Bull Terrier crossbreed, shyly approached a member of the public in Halford Place at the end of Jackson Street shortly after 6.30pm on Wednesday and is now being cared for by Wellington SPCA at their Newtown animal centre where he has been named 'Toby' by staff.

"I have seen many skinny dogs in my three years as an Inspector, but Toby's condition is on a whole new level, this is very disappointing to see" said Inspector Lakomy. "When I placed Toby in our 24 hour Animal Ambulance he was so weak he just curled up and sat in a corner".

Wellington SPCA Head Veterinarian Dr. Robert Bird said that Toby weighs only 12 kilograms and has a very poor body condition score with a very dull coat.

"Toby is emaciated, his ribs, lumbar vertebrae, pelvic bones and all bony prominences are evident from a distance, and there is a loss of muscle mass" said Dr. Bird "In addition Toby has many small wounds over his body, suggesting he has spent a lot of time on concrete".

Toby will now need to be on a carefully monitored diet to ensure a healthy weight gain.

"He has a long road ahead of him, but thanks to the generosity of our supporters, Toby is now in a warm and safe environment where I expect he will make a full recovery" said Inspector Lakomy.

So far, Wellington SPCA has not been able to locate an owner for the dog. He was not wearing a collar and isn't microchipped.

"We are very interested in speaking with the owner of this dog, we need to establish what has happened and take it from there" says Inspector Lakomy.

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