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A poor Shih Tzu in desperate need of a haircut was rescued from the streets by vets who said the dog had “one of the worst matting cases we have ever seen”.
The stricken pooch was completely transformed with a two-hour grooming session, as seen in a TikTok video uploaded by the charity @kcpetproject on Tuesday, June 15.
In the clip, a woman from the non-profit says: “This 11-year-old Shih Tzu came in as a stray today.
“This is possibly one of the worst matting that we have ever seen. We can only guess how long it took for him to get into this condition.”
The vets lay the poor pooch on the table and put him under general anesthesia and start to shave off his heavy clumps of fur.
She added: “One thing we know for sure, his life is about to get so much better for this boy.
“Two of our veterinary clinic staff had the tedious job of shaving off every single mat.
“When he first came in, and when we first shaved him, he weighed about 20lbs and our two vet staff members worked for over two hours shaving him and they shaved off around six and a half lbs of fur.
“We never know what we’re going to see with their skin condition when we take off the mats but, surprisingly, his skin is in fairly good shape.”
The video has been “liked” more than 2 million times since it was uploaded and people were left heartbroken about the pup’s condition, but thankful he was saved.
One person commented: “Sweet guy. Hopefully, he will find an amazing forever home.”
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Another person wrote: “I literally started crying seeing this. Whoever let him get like that needs to go to jail.”
“That’s literally Frank from Shameless,” commented someone else about the dog’s condition.
Meanwhile, others were shocked about the amount of filthy hair removed from the poor animal.
One said: “Literally looked like a whole other dog in that bucket.”
A second wrote: “I thought the dog was in the bucket.”