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Rescue dog arrives at shelter; its fur is so matted staff can't tell the breed

By Justine Seraphin Country Manager

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It’s hard to understand for us animal lovers, but there are so many cases of neglect in the world. Poor Sherlock the dogknows that all too well.

The South Wales Police brought three dogs to Hope Rescue.

A terribly matted coat

One of the dogs, named Sherlock, was in particularly terrible shape. In fact, his coat was so matted that rescuers had no idea what they would find underneath.

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They spent over five hours over two days grooming the poor dog. As the hair came off gradually, they realised the dog was a beautiful little Shih-Tzu

Without all that matted fur, rescuers also realised that poor Sherlock was extremely underweight. He weighed only 5.5 kilos, whereas a Shih-Tzu of his size should’ve weighed at least 7 kilos. 

A bright future for Sherlock

Thankfully, Sherlock was a good boy throughout his extensive haircut, never growling at or biting the rescuers who spent hours working on him. And now he’s reaping the benefits: He’s much more comfortable and happy altogether. 

His story is so touching (and he is so adorable), that we’re sure he had no problem finding a home. 

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