A bald terrier wearing a Christmas jumper was dumped alone and freezing in a garden.
The female terrier was discovered shaking and terrified in the New Coundon area of Bishop Auckland, County Durham, by the RSPCA on New Year's Day.
A neighbour heard a dog barking and knew the owners did not have a dog and were away on holiday, so called the animal charity.
Inspector Lucy Hoehne collected the dog, who is believed to be around eight years old, at 8am on January 1st.
The dog has now been named Ducky after the dinosaur in the Land Before Time due to her her tough skin.
Ducky is currently being looked after by the RSPCA and has had skin biopsies to diagnose her condition and is on medication.
Anyone who recognises Ducky is asked to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.