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Pounds of urine-soaked fur removed from neglected dog

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A severely neglected dog has undergone an incredible transformation thanks to a Chicago, Ill., area rescue agency. On July 13, the dog, named "Ellen," was rescued from an open access facility by the rescue organization, Trio Animal Foundation.

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The rescue agency described their first encounter with the horribly neglected dog who was hidden beneath a mass of urine-soaked fur:

When we first saw this dog in it’s cage, we didn’t know which end was front or back. We had to get a treat to see which end lifted up to sniff.

Flies and gnats swarmed around the pup and what appeared to be the dog’s back legs dragged on the floor and left a watery trail… just like a snail. As it turned out, the dog had two very petite legs hidden underneath all the knotted fur and the outer appendages were just matted fur and debris.

Thanks to the dedicated, professional effort of Kelli, a veteran groomer at Mutt Hutt, an hour and a half of labor-intensive grooming revealed a new dog who had been hidden beneath two pounds of matted fur.

The rescue agency wrote:

Without Kelli’s generous offer, I am not sure what we would have done. The amount of grooming tools that she had to use to break through the hard shell of fur was unbelievable.

Ellen was treated to a spa-like bath after the filthy fur was removed from her body and then she made a trek to a veterinarian for an exam and shots. After her incredible, transforming day, Ellen was able to rest on a fuzzy, pink blanket in her new foster home.

Now that Ellen is free from her confining fur, she will be in need of a new family. The rescue agency wrote:

If you are interested in adopting this 8.5 pound, around 2-year-old girl, please fill out an adoption application at www.projectrescuechicago.org . Once Ellen receives a clean bill of health from TAF’s vet, she will be spayed and ready for her new forever home.

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