A dog who was skeletal and just hours away from death has been saved and then adopted by a vet nurse who fell n love with him.
Poor Seb had been discovered in an emaciated state at a home in Stockon-on-Tees, County Durham after his elderly owner passed away in February.
The 11-year-old rough-haired collie was among a number of pets, including two other dogs, discovered by a member of the public at the deserted house.
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The RSPCA took the animals into their care but Seb was in a severely neglected state and his fur was a matted mess.
When this was shaved off, the true extent of his emaciation was revealed—with his bones and ribs protruding through his skin.
He was nursed back to health by vet nurse Nicole Burn at Stanhope Park Vets in Darlington, who then fell for Seb and decided to adopt him.
The 28-year-old said: "When I first saw Seb, he looked in a terrible state and we believed he was hours away from death.
"When we lifted him onto the examination table at the vet's, there was just nothing on him.
"He then had to have his matted fur shaved off under an anaesthetic and we were all shocked to see how his spine and bones protruded through his skin-he was so emaciated."
Seb weighed 12.2 kilogrammes when he went for emergency treatment, but within two months had gained weight and was a more healthy 19.9 kilogrammes.
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As Nicole cared for Seb, she soon fell for his charms and, when he was ready to be rehomed, she jumped at the chance of adopting him.
She said: "I have grown up with rough-haired collies, so I know the breed well. He is such a gentle and happy boy. I bonded with him straight away, and now he is never too far away from me.
"He has been through some tough times, but he is so happy and content, and he comes to work with me every day—he is a perfect fit in my life."
She added: "When I first saw Seb he was gravely ill and I was worried whether he would have the strength to pull through-but he did and he looks so happy. I am delighted he is loving life with Nicole, who adores him.
"This is why the RSPCA is running its Cancel out Cruelty fund-raising campaign as we need the public to support us so we can carry out more rescues like this during the summer period, which is our busiest time-we want to save more animals in need like Seb."
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