Except for his little black nose, the massive tangles of matted fur glued together with mud, feces, and urine was hardly recognizable as a dog, reports the Brantfordexpositor.ca on Friday. Under all of that filthy mess was a petrified, eight-and-a-half-pound pooch.
No one knows where he came from, but he had been left all alone in the rain and because he was so matted, could not even walk.
His rescuers are calling him Shrek because they say he looked like a swamp creature when discovered near the Southern Cross Equestrian Facility in Burford, a rural community in the central southwestern section of Ontario.
The Brant County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals want to know who would leave any animal in such a state of neglect out in the woods to fend for himself.
Dr. Brenda Gough of the Park Road Veterinary Clinic and Southern Cross Equestrian Facility has been caring for the dog. When brought in, Shrek had to be sedated to cut through the mats that had so irritated his skin. For hours, two veterinarian assistants worked on Shrek and removed three-and-a-half-pounds of matted fur.
Little Shrek is thought to have been a victim of a puppy mill, and from his demeanor seems to have had little socialization. Dr. Gough stated:
“The biggest issue for him is behavioral. He's afraid of his own shadow.
He isn't mean or aggressive but it's obvious that he doesn't know what love is.”
Follow along as Shrek makes progress on the Park Road Veterinary Clinic's Facebook page by clicking here.
If you have any information about the identity of this dog or his owner, please call the Brant County SPCA at 519-756-6620.
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