These before and after pictures show the amazing transformation of a dog that was abandoned with matted fur which was so bad it was impossible to tell what breed she was.
The badly neglected dog was found in Hale Lane, Failsworth, near Manchester, just after midnight on Tuesday, June 11th.
A member of the public came across her wandering around distressed near a popular dog walking spot called Moston Brook. She managed to secure the dog in a nearby garden and contacted the local dog warden.
The dog warden called the RSPCA to investigate as it was clear the dog had been neglected and there were fears the long matted coat may have caused other medical issues which would not be apparent until her fur had been shaved.
Inspector Lorna Campbell took the dog to the RSPCA’s Greater Manchester Animal Hospital where staff got to work on shaving off her matted fur - which took them four hours - and she now looks completely transformed (pictured left).
Sometimes matting can cause the blood supply to be cut off and in some cases dogs left in this state have had to have amputations.
Fortunately the dog, which has now been identified as a Poodle - and has been named Lizzie by staff - had no serious problems once 5 kilograms of fur had been shaved off.
Lizzie is now being looked after by a foster carer in Southport where she will remain until she is ready to be re-homed.
Anyone with information which can help the investigation should call the RSPCA appeals line on 0300 123 8018.