The RSPCA received an urgent phone call on a Monday. Someone had discovered four Newfoundlands, two Lhasa Apsos, and two cockapoos in an area called Vale of Belvoir, England. The eight dogs were all in terrible condition with severely matted fur. Rescuers were appalled by their condition but then another call came in. It was for seven NewFoundlands dumped in an area called Norfolk, England. They were dumped right around the same time as the earlier group of dogs. Just like the first group, this second group had severely matted fur and that fact that they were similar breeds, it made rescuers think it was no coincidence.
These breeds are unique to the area, so it’s believed that the same individual abandoned all fifteen dogs. Each of the dogs were taken in by the RSPCA’s Radcliffe shelter and the staff there immediately got to work helping the dogs. Each dog was friendly and sweet, and needed a lot of help. Each one of the dogs needed to be shaved to rid them of their matted coats. Luckily, a groomer in the area volunteered to help with some of the more severely matted dogs. Just one of the dogs had sixteen pounds of fur shaved off its frail body.
Once they were free of their matted fur, the dogs looked great and were so much happier to be free of all that extra weight. The RSPCA is still currently investigating the situation to try to get to the bottom of what happened. If no one comes forward to claim the dogs, they will be placed for adoption into loving homes. It’s not clear if the two abandonment cases are related, but it seems highly possible. The RSPCA is urging anyone in the public with information to come forward by calling their confidential line at 0300 123 8018.