A neglected dog who was so hungry he tried to eat his own tail is desperate for a new home.
Rodney, a lurcher cross, was found locked inside a wet and dirty kennel in a back garden.
The discovery was made after an estate agent went to the house to carry out an eviction and contacted the RSPCA, the Liverpool Echo reports.
He had also chewed part of his tail.
The emaciated dog was taken from the property in Huyton, Liverpool to the RSPCA’s Greater Manchester Animal Hospital.
His bones were protruding, his tail had been badly damaged and he had sores on his legs from the damp kennel.
The three-year-old’s tail was so damaged it had to be amputated halfway.
Despite all he has been through he still has the capacity to wag it after being nursed back to full health, the RSPCA said.
The animal charity’s Warrington, Halton and St Helen’s branch is now hunting for a forever home for him.
Alana Bibby, welfare team leader, said: "Rodney is such a jolly and happy chap – you wouldn’t know he had such a bad start in life.
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"He has come on great in our care – and he loves people.
"Poor Rodney was so stressed with being left on his own for such long periods of time without interaction that he chewed his own tail and had to have it amputated halfway up.
"He now has half a tail but still enthusiastically wags it.
"It seems he is keen to make up for lost time as we believe he was left in a kennel for long periods of time and has probably never lived in a home."
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Although he gets on well with other dogs he needs an owner with "patience to care for him", she added.
She said: "They will have to treat him like a puppy and start from scratch with training him – but he will do well because he is a very bright dog who is so eager to please."
RSPCA inspector Pamela Bird said Rodney’s owner was traced and agreed to hand the dog to the charity.
She said: "He said he had fallen on hard times and was working away so he would come back and feed him every couple of days but the rest of the time he was left in his kennel.
"I am just pleased he is enjoying life again and not left outside in a kennel with no company for days on end.
"He’s a lovely and affectionate dog who deserves the best of home."
Anyone interested in re-homing him can email the branch with the subject matter ‘Rodney’ to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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