Dog found starved near to death with hair covered in tar

The English setter named Brewster, aged around 18 months, was discovered cowering in woods last Friday.

Staff at Croydon council in south London say he weighed just half his expected weight of 15 kilos.

He is now currently undergoing intense treatment and is having the tar removed from his hair.

I collected this gentle soul, found laying under a tree in the woods, Croydon area.

He is definitely one of the thinnest dogs I’ve ever come across

Skin and bone, infected feet, sore pelvis, infested with fleas and ticks, exhausted and covered in thick, black tar.

He is currently at our wonderful vets having the tar removed and undergoing treatment and then he will be going to his foster home via rescue after serving his seven days with the local authority.

Despite all he’s been through, he’s a loving and gentle chap (he’s a Setter).

Once he has food in his tum, weight on his bones, treatment for his sore bits and some TLC, he will be a ‘changed man’.


After Brewster's seven day 'custodial' period is over and treatment is successful he will be transferred to Ravenswood Pet Rescue, in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.

He is a rare breed which makes this so unbelievable. He is one of the skinniest dogs seen by the dog warden who collected him.

He is eating well but has an upset tummy so we hope to build him up slowly.

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