When our ACO investigated the situation of a badly matted and unkempt dog, he directed the owner of the dog to bring her pet to the AHS in Newark for much-needed assistance.
Once the staff saw the condition of the dog, the matter was brought to the attention of the veterinary staff as the condition was more than a groomer could adequately handle. According to the veterinary staff, Peanut,a 5 year old Shi Tzu needed to be sedated. The severely matted hair coat caused the dog to walk on 3 legs with his left hind limb held up against his body. He exhibited pain and discomfort when any of his limbs were manipulated. There were multiple areas of inflammation and hair loss as the skin was tightly pulled on by matted hair.
The paw of the left hind limb was missing with a stump remaining covered with strangulating matted fur. The mats were 2 inches of filthy, urine and saliva stained fur and severe mats covering both hears and eyes. The continuously pulling of skin caused constant pain. There was entrapped debris, bits and pieces of garbage. During the grooming, his skin was so fragile that small areas tore while the hair was separated from it.
Although the owner said the dog had been "missing for a month", the growth of hair and the extremely painful process of the slow amputation of the dying muscle and bone tissue was tantamount of cruelty.
It is believed that the Animal Control Officer for that town will be issuing cruelty complaints against the individual. The AHS has moved Peanut to our Tinton Falls facility to start a love-filled chapter in a brand new life with a responsible owner.
Thanks to our Res-Q Fund, donations are gratefully appreciated to help with Peanut's veterinary expenses. For more information, call the AHS at 732-922-0100 and refer to Peanut 12630 or e-mail us. The Society is open 7 days a week for your convenience.