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Spokane Humane Society rehabilitates 3 severely matted, neglected dogs

SPOKANE, Wash. - Three severely matted dogs were brought to the Spokane Humane Society recently. The owner requested that the 11-year-old Shih Tzus be euthanized, claiming they would often bite. 

Humane Society staff assessed the dogs-- named Candy, Angel, and Katie-- and found them to be surprisingly active and happy despite being trapped under thick and tangled fur. The owner agreed to surrender the dogs. 

According to the shelter's director, Pia Hallenburg, "Their nails were so long they curled like buck horns. All three had bad teeth – they were a smelly, miserable trio and quite possibly also in a lot of pain."

The only option was a complete shave. After several hours of work, a combined 13 pounds of fur were removed from the three dogs. 

They were given a bath and their wounds were treated. They're now scheduled for dental exams and may need further medical treatment. All of this care is expected to cost the shelter $3,500. They're hoping the community will be inclined to donate to help cover those costs. There's a donation page set up on the Humane Society's Facebook page.

Still, Hallenberg said, every animal is worth it. "This is part of what we do: we take on what looks like hopeless cases and give them another chance at life... What we found were three handsome – though slightly chubby -- little dogs with big brown eyes and surprisingly easygoing personalities. No one bit anyone."

Hallenberg says the dogs will be ready for adoption in a few weeks, getting a second chance at a healthy life after being neglected by their previous owner. 


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