A neglected dog was surrendered to an animal shelter by its owner in such poor condition that his leg literally fell off during what rescuers called a “mercy grooming” to remove heavily matted fur.
Maricopa County Animal Care & Control in Arizona said that when a dog was surrendered to the shelter, he was so heavily matted that it was impossible to determine either his breed or sex. But, it was clear the dog was in serious need of medical attention.
Before he could be treated, the veterinarian attempted to perform a “mercy grooming” to remove the dog’s painful knots and mats and to further assess any injuries. When he was placed on the grooming table, shelter staff noticed maggots entangled in the fur on his hind leg, an indication of an untreated infection.
As they shaved away the dog’s fur, his hind leg literally fell off, landing on the grooming table. Tightly knotted mats had cut off circulation to the hind leg, essentially causing it to die and fall off.
The dog was rushed into emergency surgery where veterinarians had no option but to amputate what remained of his hind leg.
After treatment, it was determined that the dog was a 2-year old male Lhasa Apso. In his young life, the dog, now named Chance, had endured unimaginable neglect at the hands of his owner.
Phoenix police are investigating the abuse and will determine whether or not to file charges against his owner.
Meanwhile, Chance is recovering from surgery and is expected to be well enough to be adopted in the next couple of weeks. For information about adopting him, contact Maricopa County Animal Care & Control.