Animal welfare officers in Birmingham are searching for the owners of a badly neglected dog.
The German shepherd-collie cross breed was starving, anaemic, dehydrated and infested with fleas when it was found in a back garden in the Ward End area of the city.
Vicky Allwood, animal welfare officer for Birmingham City Council, said: "This is without doubt the worst case of neglect I have seen.
"The woman who found her in her garden was so upset. The dog was just skin and bone and when we went to collect her she barely had the strength to walk.
"The dog has a micro-chip but this does not correspond to the area where she was found, so it is possible someone might have sold her and not updated the database.
"I was disgusted by the state she was in. Anyone who treats an animal in this way should not be allowed to own one and we shall be looking to prosecute whoever is responsible."
The dog is being looked after by animal welfare officers who are trying to find it a foster home.