The Story of Shrek

Yes, there's a dog under all that. The crew at the veterinary clinic in Brantford, Ontario, nicknamed him Shrek because he looked like a swamp creature. Dean Gough found the dog in the rain near a pond in the woods. His wife, veterinarian Dr. Brenda Gough of the Southern Cross Equestrian Facility and the Park Road Veterinary Clinic, took charge of the poor dog. Clinic staff removed 3.5 pounds of matted hair, revealing a small white male dog underneath. His skin was badly irritated by the matted coat, and he had a burr in his eye. He was also malnourished -and terrified.  

The clinic's Facebook photo gallery tells the dog's story. See a news video as well. Officials at the Brant County SPCA are looking for anyone who might know how the dog came to be in such a state. Shrek is now recovering at the Gough family home, where he is receiving lots of love and attention. -via Arbroath

(Images credit: Park Road Veterinary Clinic)

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Those knots on his fur would have killed him. I'm surprised he was alive when they found him. Knots on fur will cause blood clogs. People are stupid and mean.
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All Maltese can grow hair like that. If Shrek is like my Rosey was, he has two anti-survival instincts: 1. hating to spend the night anywhere but home and 2. no sense of direction. Given my experience, I am guessing Shrek escaped while being cared for while his owner was on vacation.
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