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Dreadlocked: A prisoner of his own fur

The New Jersey homeowner who found this creature might not have been sure what species had taken refuge in his garage.

It’s fur was so badly matted it could barely move.

The case was reported to the Associated Humane Societies in northern New Jersey, which dispatched an ambulance and brought the neglected dog to its medical facility in Newark.

After some careful shearing, a male poodle emerged.

The dog had been a virtual prisoner in his own fur — barely able to move and see, according to an archived report on the AHS website.

The shearing also revealed an old injury to a rear leg but it didn’t seem to be a problem for the dog, who was named Milton, after the street on which he was found. In March, AHS reported Milton had been adopted.

Founded in 1906, AHS is the largest animal sheltering system in New Jersey, comprising three shelters located in Newark, Forked River, and Tinton Falls. The Forked River facility also includes Popcorn Park Zoo, a sanctuary for abandoned, injured, ill, exploited, abused or elderly wildlife, exotic and farm animals, and birds.

Its website is the latest addition to our blogroll (below the tags on our right side rail). Welcome AHS, and keep up the good work.

(Photos from AHS website)


Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time December 30, 2008 at 7:16 pm

Oh, poor guy! That really is negligent. You can tell that the Poodle was originally a water spaniel type of dog. If their coats are let go, they get corded like dreadlocks. I’ve never seen one so badly matted, though. He’s obviously much happier with his crew cut.

Comment from Debbie
Time August 7, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Last year I was seated on a jury for a woman who turned down a plea deal thinking a jury would find her not guilty. We found her guilty and now she is in jail for double the time the plea deal would have given her. Hopefully the same thing will happen to Patrick’s former owner. How can she deny she did this? If we are really lucky she will rot in jail.