Poodle with “Dreadlocks” Surrendered to Shelter

On a hot June afternoon in Fort Worth, Texas, a woman pulled up to her local shelter in a pickup truck. She had driven just over five hours in the heat with the bed of her truck covered with tarps. Under those tarps were well over 20 animals, each in terrible condition. She had arrived at the Humane Society of North Texas (HSNT) to surrender all of the animals. They did not have much information about the woman, but one thing was clear: the animals needed help, and they needed it quickly.

Humane Society of North Texas//Facebook
Humane Society of North Texas//Facebook
Humane Society of North Texas//Facebook
Humane Society of North Texas//Facebook
Humane Society of North Texas//Facebook

There were both dogs and cats in the truck, and exotic animals like sugar gliders, a snake, and a turtle in a box that was so full of feces he couldn’t move. The animals all had serious health problems—and heatstroke from their journey in the back of the truck. One of the animals, a dog, stood out to the rescuers. It was a sweet poodle named Pierre, and he was in terrible shape. The matting on his fur was so bad that it was difficult for him to move. His matted fur was hanging off his body in chunks that made it look like he had dreadlocks.

Humane Society of North Texas//Facebook
Humane Society of North Texas//Facebook
Humane Society of North Texas//Facebook
Humane Society of North Texas//Facebook

This case was so overwhelming for the shelter, which was already overcrowded, that they reached out on social media for help. The community stepped up to the challenge, and soon all the animals received free veterinary care and PetSmart donated free pet grooming for all the dogs in the HSNT’s care. Groomers got to work at helping Pierre get some relief and they carefully shaved his body of his matted dreadlocks. It took hours to shave him and when it was over, they weighed the fur: they had removed 5 pounds of hair from Pierre’s body. He also received a soothing bath and treatment for fleas.

Best of all, a family stepped forward to adopt Pierre and they say he is still adjusting, but doing very well in their home now!

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