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Severely matted dog found dumped in Somerset

Marley was found with fur so matted he struggled to see and couldn't move (Credit: RSPCA)

The RSPCA are investigating after a dog with severely matted fur was found dumped in Somerset.

Twelve-year-old shih-tzu Marley was found in Bleadon near Weston Super Mare last week - vets had to shave off more than one and a half kilograms of matted fur after he was taken to the Brent Knoll Animal Centre.

They say his fur was so matted he was unable to move and struggled to see.

He was also covered in urine.

RSPCA Animal Welfare Officer Alison Sparkes, who is investigating for the animal charity, said: “The matts were all soaked in urine and all of his feet had huge flippers of overgrown fur on them. 

“The front feet had the twisted overgrown nails which were 10cm long and caught up in the matted fur, which the vet said would have caused intense pain.

"His tail also had a dreadlock of fur which was 25cm long trailing from the end.

“We really want to find the person who is responsible for allowing Marley to get in such a horrendous condition.

"It would have taken months for him to get like this, and he would have been in tremendous pain because of his matted fur and overgrown nails. 

“If anyone recognises Marley or knows where he has come from, I would urge them to contact us in confidence on the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018."

The charity says he is microchipped, hence how they know his name, age and that he is a Shih-tzu cross Yorkshire terrier, but they say the information on the chip is not up to date and so they are struggling to find out who recently owned him.

Credit: RSPCA

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