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WITH ribs and backbone clearly visible, this emaciated dog cuts a sorrowful figure.
The elderly German Shepherd-cross bitch has been taken in by Pineridge Dog Sanctuary, Ascot, after she was found wandering in the Harmans Water area of Bracknell.
With a body weight half what it should be for an animal her size, the bitch, who is thought to be around 10 to 12 years old, has apparently been starved, say shelter staff.
Connie Cuff, who owns and runs the shelter, said the pet - named Bobby by staff because she was taken to the sanctuary by a PCSO - was in an "appalling state" when she was found on Saturday, February 16.
The black and tan pet had a skin condition and was too weak to sit properly on her hind legs. She should weigh 18-20kg but tipped the scales at a paltry 11kilos.
Connie believes Bobby might have been abandoned by her owners or have strayed.
She said: "It's the worst case we've had brought in from the surrounding area. She's been starved for weeks. She's such a sweet dog."
Connie is keen to trace the owners, so she can unpick the puzzle of how Bobby ended up straying.
"There's always the possibility that she's got out of her home and strayed," said Connie.
"But we are appealing for anyone who might recognise this bitch to come forward."
Bobby has brightened up after being fed regular, small meals. "She was riddled with worms, so we've treated that," said Connie. "We've gone over her and there doesn't appear to be any injuries. She ate and drank as though she hadn't eaten for weeks. We've treated her skin too.
"If the owner didn't want her, they could have contacted a number of organisations to rehome her."
Bobby appears to be stronger and fitter on her back legs and is gradually improving under the watchful eye of Pineridge's rescuers.
If you recognise Bobby, contact Midweek reporter Lisa Jones on 0118 955 3382 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This article appeared in Bracknell News 26 Feb 13