The story of a six-year-old Lhasa Apso who was recently found on the streets of Leeds in the UK is beyond heartbreaking and difficult to comprehend.
The little, abandoned dog hardly looked like a dog at all when rescuers discovered him. His fur was completely matted, hanging in big dirtied clumps. In fact, it was matted so badly that the dog’s leg became stuck to his ear…
Harriet Chaplin, the dog warden who fortuitously found the dog, alerted the RSPCA about the tragic find. It is uncertain how the dog, who was given the new name Soldier, ended up on the streets, but it is believed by the RSPCA chief inspector Heidi Jenner that his neglectful owner had not groomed him in many months.
The dog’s condition was tragic – the mats were so far-gone that they were pulling at the skin around his eye and causing it to come off…
Soldier was handed over to Dogs Trust Leeds where the team began the long and delicate process of removing the hair from his body and treating his wounds. He had to be anesthetized so that all the dramatically matted fur could be shaven.
Soldier was in the care of Dogs Trust Leeds for a few days before being taken to a foster home.
There, already looking like a completely different animal, he will have the chance to recover from the trauma he’s experienced.
Jenner highlights that Soldier’s case was the worst one of matted fur she had ever seen.
“When you first see the pictures of little Soldier you can’t even tell he’s a dog, let alone what breed he is,” she said, adding “To allow an animal to get into this condition is absolutely shocking – there is no excuse for it.”