With barely a morsel of flesh left on his body and his fur falling out, Soldier looks on his last legs.
The once-strapping Alsatian cross was discovered by RSPCA inspectors weighing just half his healthy weight after being starved to bare bones by his former owner.
A view from above reveals just how shockingly close he came to death, with his body measuring just a couple of inches across at its narrowest.
Fortunately, he was rescued just in time and his owner has now been prosecuted for animal cruelty.
He now weighs in at a happy 42kg and is looking for a loving new home after being nursed back to health at the RSPCA's centre in Ashley Heath, near Ringwood, Hampshire.
But his story is one which is becoming increasingly common as convictions for cruelty to animals rose by almost a quarter last year, according to figures released today by the RSPCA.
Cases included a dog repeatedly stabbed with a potato peeler, a blind kitten found dumped in a carrier bag and a pair of bearded dragons left for two months inside handbags in a loft.
RSPCA inspectors witnessed some appalling acts of cruelty including finding an emaciated dog alive in a home where another dog, two cats, a hamster and a rat had died of starvation.
They include the case of a lurcher-type dog which survived after two men broke her back and stabbed her with a potato peeler.
Maggie May was left to die but was nursed back to full fitness by RSPCA staff.