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Dog found with severely matted fur and in 'intense pain' after being abandoned in Somerset

Vets say Marley would have been in intense pain for months Credit: RSPCA

A severely matted dog in "intense pain" was rushed to the vet after being abandoned in Somerset.

Marley, a 12-year-old Shih-tzu cross Yorkshire terrier, was found in Bleadon on Thursday 16 January by a member of the public who then took him to the RSPCA for urgent care.

From there he was rushed to a vet, where they had to cut and shave off 1.68kg of matted fur.

The vet said Marley would have been in a "tremendous" amount of pain.

Marley after the matted fur had been shaved off Credit: RSPCA

The matts were all soaked in urine. The front feet had twisted overgrown nails which were 10cm long and caught up in the matted fur, which the vet said would have caused intense pain. His tail also had a dreadlock of fur which was 25cm long trailing from the end.

We really want to find the person who is responsible for allowing Marley to get in such a horrendous condition. It would have taken months for him to get like this, and he would have been in tremendous pain because of his matted fur and overgrown nails.

If anyone recognises Marley or knows where he has come from, I would urge them to contact us in confidence on the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

– Alison Sparkes, RSPCA Animal Welfare Officer

The RSPCA is now appealing for any information about what could have happened to Marley.

According to the charity, he is microchipped but the information they have for him is not up-to-date.