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Pounds of filthy fur removed from dog found in abandoned house

Before and and after shots
Before and and after shots
Suffolk County SPCA

A badly neglected dog is recovering from horrible neglect at a veterinary hospital in Farmingdale, N.Y., reported Thursday's Long Island News.

Ziggy before
Ziggy before
Via Suffolk County SPCA

Last week, the dog, dubbed "Ziggy," was found in an abandoned house in the Village of Lindenhurst and then taken to the Town of Babylon Shelter. Chris Elton, Director of the Babylon Animal Shelter, noted that Ziggy had the worst matting that he had ever seen on a dog.

The extreme matting, coupled with extraordinarily overgrown nails, left the dog, described as a Shih Tzu mix, unable to walk properly. The small dog wound up having four pounds of filthy, matted fur removed from his body.

The long-term neglect, which left the dog's body in such a state of disarray, literally crippled Ziggy - in fact, months of rehabilitation to teach him how to walk again are expected. The NY Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center is working pro bono to help Ziggy recuperate.

Following Ziggy's discovery, the Suffolk County SPCA announced their offer of a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for Ziggy's dismal condition. A short time later, Patricia Valusek, Chairperson of The New York State Humane Association (NYSHA), announced that an additional $1,000 was added to the reward total.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722; all calls will be kept confidential.

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