A woman has been prosecuted for neglecting her dog who was suffering from such extreme hunger that she attempted to eat her own tail.
Poppy, a two-year-old lurcher/whippet cross was nothing but skin and bone and so dangerously malnourished that when the RSPCA rescued her they didn't expect her to survive the night.
The neglected animal has been cared for at the Alsager Animals in Need in South Cheshire, where they have spent months nurturing her back to health.
When authorities took Poppy, she was covered in lesions and extremely underweight, she also had an injury to her tail which the vet believed had been caused by her eating it due to her extreme hunger.
The owner of the dog, a woman from Staffordshire, was prosecuted by the RSPCA and has been banned from owning any animals for three years after she confessed to neglecting Poppy.
The rescue centre are now searching for a new home for Poppy after she has recovered from her ill-treatment.
Lisa Williams, assistant animal co-ordinator at Alsager Animals in Need, said: "Poppy was given a body score of one out of nine by the vet who treated her, and we were very concerned that she wouldn't make it through the night. "She could barely put one foot in front of the other. Her legs were bent and twisted and because it was so cold and she had so little body fat, we put her under a heat lamp to keep her warm. "She's a very brave girl and has battled a long list of other health issues since - a perforated eardrum, a phantom pregnancy, a large abscess on her spine, two partial tail amputations, two ear hematomas, the removal of cysts on her teats, and an on-going skin issue."
RSPCA inspector Natalie Perehovsky, who worked on ensuring the owner was prosecuted, said: "Poppy was in such a distressing state when she was found, so to see these pictures of her now is just so heartwarming. "Her unbelievable story is a reminder as to the importance of the RSPCA's work to cancel out cruelty. She's been through a lot in her short life, but has proved to be a real fighter.
"She really deserves to have a home to call her own with people who are going to love and spoil her."