Posted 2 months ago ago
By Fiona Jackson
This poor pooch, who goes by the name Mopsy, was abandoned and left to fend for herself before being found on a busy motorway by a passing driver.
Her fur had got so heavy and matted since being on the streets, she could barely walk. Thankfully she is now looking happy and much healthier after a much needed haircut.
She is now totally unrecognisable after having 1.6lbs (725g) of matted fur cut from her coat.
The driver rescued Mopsy by taking her to Valencia County Animal Shelter in Los Lunas, New Mexico, USA, but she was in such a bad state that the volunteers couldn't even tell her gender.
Patty Mugan, 33, is the Transfer Coordinator at the shelter who immediately began trying to find her a rescue and posted her pictures on Facebook.
Patty said: "She was not able to be easily handled and very uncomfortable to say the least.
"I was hired here in February 2009 after one year of volunteering prior to that.
"In those days, a little dog like this would have never even made it to the kennels. She would’ve been euthanised immediately."
Volunteer rescue group Pawsitive Life reached out to Patty and arranged to pick seven-year-old Mopsy up to take her to the groomers.
Mopsy is unrecognisable after her new cut (photo: Fiona Jackson/SWNS).
They removed a whopping 1.6 pounds (725g) of thick fur over a long two hours, where sadly they discovered a tumour. The groomer estimated the long hair on the Schnauzer/Shih Tzu mix had been growing out for a year and a half, and the tumour could have been growing for two years to reach that size.
Director of Pawsitive Life Rescue, Allie Sikorski said: “She is likely not someone’s pet, she was likely hit by a car a few years back and got a hernia.
"The large tumour is actually her intestines sitting on the outside of her body.”
After her trim and a once-over by the vet, Mopsy is now happily recovering in a foster home, but does require a $2,500 (£1,810) dollar surgery to treat the hernia before adoption.
You can contribute to Mopsy's veterinary care here: https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/3745404