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Severely neglected dogs seized after owner refuses to provide basic care

One of the three dogs surrendered to MSPCA with severe matting and overgrown nails.
One of the three dogs surrendered to MSPCA with severe matting and overgrown nails.
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On May 7, 2014, Haverhill Animal Control took possession of three severely neglected Lhasa Apsos after the owner refused to give the dogs basic care. The three dogs had fur so matted and nails ingrown that they were unable to even walk, according to an MSPCA press release.

The Lhasa Apsos, named Anastasia, 6, Drizella, 6, and Cinderella, 7, – mother to the other two – were then surrendered to MSPCA-Nevins Farm in Methuen, Mass. Cinderella is blind.

Anastasia and Drizella each have serious eye problems, though they are treatable. All dogs had their fur shaved and nails trimmed, as well as long-overdue baths. They each required extensive dental work due to long-time neglect.

“These dogs were in terrible overall condition and it was obvious at first sight that they have gone very long periods without necessary veterinary care,” said Director Mike Keiley. “Their lives have been marked by neglect and we’re going to do all we can to get them well and get them into the loving homes that they deserve.”

Despite what the dogs have been through, they are all well-socialized and very friendly. Drizella has already been adopted and is currently settling in at her new forever home.

If you are interested in helping with the care of MSPCA animals, or wish to adopt, please visit MSPCA-Angell.

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