A tiny dog’s owner thought she was dead, but when Riverside County Department of Animal Services arrived they found the dog severely matted and infested with maggots.
The California animal shelter was initially contacted by the dog’s owner, who called the agency to have them retrieve his “dead” 8-year-old Lhasa Apso.
Animal Control Officers were told by the owner that the dog had been “acting funny” and didn’t want to eat, the press release from RCDAS said. When the man was asked when the dog was last groomed he responded “about a year”.
They began to work on her matted coat, which was several inches thick. They ended up sedating the tiny dog so they could finish cutting away the matted fur.
“It took them almost an hour to finish that task because the matted coat covered all surfaces along the entire length of all four legs, including the paws,” said staff vet Dr. Sara Strongin.
That’s when they discovered maggots in her rear end.
We’re so happy to know the dog is out of a terrible home situation and will be moving on to a loving one.