RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a dog with extremely matted fur – whose face was not even visible under the fur – was found straying in Ystrad Mynach.

Matted hair dog appeal July19 pic1 (1) Matted hair dog appeal July19 pic2The small shih tzu was found on Monday (15 July) and taken to a nearby vet for immediate treatment where the dog was clipped and put on pain relief medication. The RSPCA were then notified about her condition.

RSPCA inspector David Milborrow, who is making enquiries about this dog, said: “This dog was so matted that it was difficult to tell where her head was.

“She is basically blind and now she has been clipped you can say her eyes are ulcerated and bulging. We really hope she might regain her sight.

“The local authority, who have also been involved as she was found as a stray, have – along with the vets – arranged a foster home for her and I hear she has settled in well.

“We don’t know where she came from – apart from that she was found in Ystrad Mynach. She isn’t microchipped and it is difficult to tell her age from her condition. It is surprising she isn’t thinner as it would have been so difficult for her to eat with all the matted fur on her face.”

If anyone has any information about this dog please call the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls to this number are treated in confidence.

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