Tiny Emerald (and 1000s like her) faces life of pain due to teacup dog fad.

BARELY able to walk and in constant agonising pain, meet tiny ‘teacup dog’ Emerald – a poor animal facing a lifetime of suffering thanks to cynical breeders feeding the lucrative fad for mini dogs.

Handbag dogs were the must-have accessory for Hollywood A-listers like Reese Witherspoon and Pars Hilton – and ruthless breeders raced to meet a huge market demand knowing exactly what they were condemning tiny animals like Emerald to.

Emerald is a cross between a Yorkie and a Chihuahua, two of the tiniest dogs around, but although she is adorable, her body is twisted and deformed.

She is barely able to walk.

She is so tiny her type has also become known as ‘teacup dogs’.

Because of her frailties, the five-month old puppy was abandoned in a public house extremely emaciated and now has to be carried around in a special sling because she tires so quickly.

ets say Emerald’s deformities stem from poor breeding to satisfy the market for so-called handbag and teacup dogs – animals are so small they fit in the pocket but can come with life-long health problems.

Yet for all of her appalling start in life, Emerald, Emmie for short, has fallen on her feet after being adopted by an RSPCA animal collection officer whose colleague rescued the puppy.

ACO Kate Wright took on the poorly pup as a canine companion for her pet Sapphire who was pining over the loss of another family dog.

ACO Wright, from Dunstable, Bedfordshire, said: “I cannot believe how happy and loving this little puppy is when she has been so badly treated and let down by humans.

“She was so skinny and really weak when she arrived here, but she’s a little fighter and has a smashing character.”

X-rays have shown how Emmie was born deformed, leaving fears that she will not live a long life.

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Emerald is a cross between a Yorkie and a Chihuahua, two of the tiniest dogs around, but although she is adorable, her body is twisted and deformed.

She is barely able to walk.

She is so tiny her type has also become known as ‘teacup dogs

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