THE RSPCA have confirmed that a ‘barely alive’ dog dumped like ‘rubbish’ in Barnsley is coming on leaps and bounds in their care.

Lucas, who had lost 98 per cent of his fur when found on Huddersfield Road, was a greyhound-lurcher so weak he was unable to walk.

He was rushed to a vets where surgeons found he had a partially rotted-off broken tailbone and sarcoptic mange, a highly contagious skin infection.

He was found on April 20, and subsequently transferred to RSPCA’s Felledge Centre in County Durham after being treated.

Unfortunately, due to his injuries, the end of his tail fell off.

But he’s defied the odds and the RSPCA say he is recovering well.

A spokesperson said: “We can’t quite believe how far he’s come in such a short time and we don’t know where this dark skin is coming from.

“He’s still pretty bald right now and still too thin but we’re so pleased to see him get better and better as the days go on.”