Blind dog had to have 1.3kg of matted fur shaved off after being dumped by canal

Blind dog had to have 1.3kg of matted fur shaved off after being dumped by canal
Caption: Blind dog with severely matted fur is found dumped by canal Credit RSPCA
A blind dog dumped by a canal in Greater Manchester was in such poor condition when it was discovered it was initially mistaken for dead. The Shih Tzu was found abandoned near Ashton Canal, in Ashton-under-Lyme on Friday, March 25.

When the poor pooch was discovered its coat was so matted the man who found him initially could not tell if he was alive or not.

Upon closer inspection, the man realised the dog was breathing but terrified so decided to take the animal home with him.

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However, after a week the man released the Shih Tzu needed more help than he could provide so took him to a vet, at which point the RSPCA was called. The dog, now named Ashton, after where he was discovered, was rushed to Greater Manchester Animal Hospital for emergency veterinary treatment. Once at the hospital vets shaved around 10% of Ashton’s bodyweight off in matted fur to allow him to move freely. They also discovered Ashton, who is thought to be around six years old, is blind in one eye due to glaucoma and has very little sight in the other due to cataracts.

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(Picture: RSPCA) A blind dog with severely matted fur was found dumped helpless at the side of a canal in Greater Manchester prompting an RSPCA investigation. A man out walking came across the male Shih tzu dog near the Ashton Canal, at Portland Basin, in Ashton-under-Lyme, on Friday, March 25 and thought the pet was dead as he was in such a poor condition. But when he looked closer he could see the neglected dog was breathing but was terrified to move so he took him home to help him recuperate. After a week he realised the dog was in urgent need of further treatment so he took him to a nearby vets and the matter was reported to the RSPCA. Inspector Ryan King collected the dog, thought to be around six-years-old and now named Ashton after the place where he was found, and rushed him to Greater Manchester Animal Hospital for emergency veterinary treatment.
Ashton’s fur was severely matted when he was found abandoned (Picture: RSPCA)
(Picture: RSPCA) A blind dog with severely matted fur was found dumped helpless at the side of a canal in Greater Manchester prompting an RSPCA investigation. A man out walking came across the male Shih tzu dog near the Ashton Canal, at Portland Basin, in Ashton-under-Lyme, on Friday, March 25 and thought the pet was dead as he was in such a poor condition. But when he looked closer he could see the neglected dog was breathing but was terrified to move so he took him home to help him recuperate. After a week he realised the dog was in urgent need of further treatment so he took him to a nearby vets and the matter was reported to the RSPCA. Inspector Ryan King collected the dog, thought to be around six-years-old and now named Ashton after the place where he was found, and rushed him to Greater Manchester Animal Hospital for emergency veterinary treatment.
Poor Ashton was not in a good way when he arrived at Greater Manchester Animal Hospital (Picture: RSPCA)
(Picture: RSPCA) A blind dog with severely matted fur was found dumped helpless at the side of a canal in Greater Manchester prompting an RSPCA investigation. A man out walking came across the male Shih tzu dog near the Ashton Canal, at Portland Basin, in Ashton-under-Lyme, on Friday, March 25 and thought the pet was dead as he was in such a poor condition. But when he looked closer he could see the neglected dog was breathing but was terrified to move so he took him home to help him recuperate. After a week he realised the dog was in urgent need of further treatment so he took him to a nearby vets and the matter was reported to the RSPCA. Inspector Ryan King collected the dog, thought to be around six-years-old and now named Ashton after the place where he was found, and rushed him to Greater Manchester Animal Hospital for emergency veterinary treatment.
Ashton had to have fur equivalent to 10% of his body weight shaved off by vets (Picture: RSPCA)
RSPCA Inspector Ryan King said given Ashton’s poor eyesight it was ‘not surprising the poor dog’ was ‘too terrified’ to move from where he was abandoned. ‘Sadly it looks like both eyes may have to be removed to prevent further suffering – although vets will do all they can to save the eye with cataracts,’ Ryan said.

‘Staff had to shave off 1.3 kilograms of matted fur – which was 10% of his overall body weight – as this was preventing him from moving and causing him suffering.’

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Ryan said while Ashton was ‘doing well in himself’ it was clear he had been cared for properly.

‘Ashton was clearly neglected and it appears that instead of seeking help for their pet the owner decided to dump him and left him in a very vulnerable position as he couldn’t see or walk – he would have been terrified in such an unknown environment, Ryan said.

(Picture: RSPCA) A blind dog with severely matted fur was found dumped helpless at the side of a canal in Greater Manchester prompting an RSPCA investigation. A man out walking came across the male Shih tzu dog near the Ashton Canal, at Portland Basin, in Ashton-under-Lyme, on Friday, March 25 and thought the pet was dead as he was in such a poor condition. But when he looked closer he could see the neglected dog was breathing but was terrified to move so he took him home to help him recuperate. After a week he realised the dog was in urgent need of further treatment so he took him to a nearby vets and the matter was reported to the RSPCA. Inspector Ryan King collected the dog, thought to be around six-years-old and now named Ashton after the place where he was found, and rushed him to Greater Manchester Animal Hospital for emergency veterinary treatment.
Ashton after his much-needed haircut (Picture: RSPCA)
(Picture: RSPCA) A blind dog with severely matted fur was found dumped helpless at the side of a canal in Greater Manchester prompting an RSPCA investigation. A man out walking came across the male Shih tzu dog near the Ashton Canal, at Portland Basin, in Ashton-under-Lyme, on Friday, March 25 and thought the pet was dead as he was in such a poor condition. But when he looked closer he could see the neglected dog was breathing but was terrified to move so he took him home to help him recuperate. After a week he realised the dog was in urgent need of further treatment so he took him to a nearby vets and the matter was reported to the RSPCA. Inspector Ryan King collected the dog, thought to be around six-years-old and now named Ashton after the place where he was found, and rushed him to Greater Manchester Animal Hospital for emergency veterinary treatment.
Ashton is now on the mend and recuperating from his ordeal (Picture: RSPCA)

Ben Faulkner, manager at Greater Manchester Animal Hospital, said when Ashton arrived at the hospital he was in a ‘terrible state with matted fur and blindness’.

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‘Sometimes matting can cut off blood supply to limbs and in some cases dogs left in this state have had to have amputations,’ Ben said.

‘Fortunately, this was not the case although the dog had overgrown nails and one was curling into the paw pad which would have caused considerable suffering.

‘He was also found to have multiple eye conditions which will require further examinations and possible removal and had ear infections in both ears which he is now receiving treatment for.’

Following Ashton’s discovery, the RSPCA is appealing for information to help track down his owner.

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Anyone with information that can help the investigation should call the RSPCA appeals line on 0300 123 8018.

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