A dog cruelly left outside an animal rescue centre has already learned English after previously only understanding German commands.
American bulldog Hector was abandoned by someone driving a foreign car, who tied him up in a muzzle and chain so short he could barely sit down.
Vets checking him over found suspicious burns believed to be from a cigarette all over his body, but are unable to find his owner as Hector is not microchipped.
A spokesman for the RSPCA Leeds, Wakefield & District Branch in East Ardsley, West Yorkshire, where the pooch was left, said: "At first he was nervous and unresponsive so we tried German and he was happier.
"It's only been a short while but he's getting better with his English.
"He was wary at first but he's more settled and getting more confident. He's coming round."
Workers at the centre believe Hector is about 18 months old.
The bulldog already weighs 40 kilos and loves to sit on people's laps.
But despite his rapid progress, the RSPCA is still investigating his mystery owner, who ditched him on August 1 in the hope someone would take him in.
Inspector Emily Stodart, who is investigating, said: "Poor Hector was very distressed when he was found.
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"We would like to find out how Hector came to have these injuries and who abandoned him in this way.
"If you can help us to locate his owner please call."
There has been a number of incidents in which dogs have been abandoned by their owners in recent months, with fears anxiety about coronavirus transmission could be a factor.
In April the RSPCA issued a warning after Canadian scientists found stray dogs in China may have infected humans with Covid-19.
"It is really important to note that this is just a theory," Caroline Allen, Chief Veterinary Officer at the RSPCA, told Daily Star Online.
"There is currently no evidence that dogs were the origin of this virus and no evidence that they are playing a role in the spread of Covid-19, which is a disease transmitted between humans.
"It is vitally important that people do not abandon their pets or harm stray dogs on the basis of this theoretical paper or misleading reports, as this could have a huge impact on animal welfare.
"We would encourage people to stick to the latest government and medical advice and visit our website for more advice around pet care during the crisis."
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