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Tiny chihuahua dumped between rubbish bins befriends mastiff - 120 times bigger than him

A tiny Chihuahua dumped between two rubbish bins has become best friends with a mastiff - 120 times bigger than him.

Credit: RSPCA

Digby, who is just five weeks old and weighs less than 1lb, was found moments from death outside a block of flats. He is now recovering at the Southridge RSPCA Animal Centre at South Mimms with the help of Nero, a nine-stone Neapolitan Mastiff.

Nero is so big he eats the equivalent weight of four Digbys in dog food every day. The gentle giant was rescued by the centre manager Anna White and spends his days with her at the RSPCA.

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He is besotted with his little friend and the two have become inseparable at the centre.

It was as if the little fellow took on Nero as his personal minder.

Poor Digby had to be rescued once by the RSPCA and it seems like he is taking precautions to make sure nothing can happen to him again.

– Anna White, Centre Manager
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  • Digby was found severely dehydrated and cowering between two bins at a block of flats in North London on Monday night
  • The RSPCA is appealing for information in a bid to trace his owner
  • Unless an owner comes forward, Digby will be available for rehoming in the coming days

It is so lovely to see he is safe and happy. "When I first came across Digby he was frozen and shaking and had just been left to die.

He's really tiny - small enough to fit in the palm of my hand.

He seemed to come out of his shell as soon as we arrived at Southridge and spotted Nero. It really is a love story.

– Natalie Ditchfield, RSPCA animal collection officer