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TV presenter adopts starved dog

Kate Humble and Badger
Kate Humble took in Badger after spotting him at an animal shelter

A dog rescued from near starvation by an RSPCA inspector in south Wales has been taken in by TV presenter Kate Humble.

The crossbreed terrier called Badger was saved from a man in Pontypridd by an RSPCA inspector who said it was one of the thinnest dogs he had ever seen.

The two-year-old dog weighed just 4.8kg (10.6lb) when he was rescued.

He was nursed back to health and Humble, co-host of BBC2's Springwatch with Bill Oddie, adopted him.

Badger's previous owner admitted animal neglect and was banned from keeping animals for five years as well as being ordered to serve a 12-month community punishment order.

Humble took Badger in after spotting him at the RSPCA's animal shelter in Newport while on a visit as part of the charity's Pet Adoption Week.

Badger
Badger was severely underweight

After being rescued by the RSPCA, Badger was brought back to a healthy weight - with an 84% increase in a month.

RSPCA inspector Simon Evans, who investigated the case, said: "This is one of the thinnest dogs I have ever seen. Badger's rapid rate of recovery shows that he was not underweight due to any illness, but merely from a lack of food.

"The owner showed a complete disregard for his duty of care to the dog - it was his moral and legal responsibility to provide food and he failed to do so."

Humble added: "Give an animal like Badger a new home and you give him new hope.

"It's brilliant and I've loved every minute of adopting my dog. If you know you're ready for the responsibility of looking after a pet it's the most rewarding thing you can do."


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