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Leo | Arnprior & District Humane Society

Leo

This is Leo the Lionheart’s story

On Saturday July 26th, 2014 a stray dog was found wandering on an area road. He was brought to the Arnprior & District Humane Society for care. When shelter staff went out to the parking lot to help, they were horrified at what they found. The dog that climbed out of the van was a huge, matted mess who had obviously suffered many years of unimaginable neglect. He had difficulty walking and was dragging a heavy chain that was padlocked to his collar.

Despite his horrible condition, he was a happy boy and greeted everyone with a smile. Peeking out of all that hair were soft, intelligent eyes.

Leo before

Leo when he first arrived, you can see the padlock around his neck and all the mats.

Leo before

Looking at Leo when he first arrived, it was hard to tell which end was which.

Leo before

Leo was happy to sniff everything. The hair around the back of his head and neck was so thickly matted that it was like a helmet.

Leo before

Leo’s tail and back legs.

Leo's behind area

Leo’s behind area

Leo before legs

Leo’s front legs

Leo's padlocked collar

Leo’s padlocked collar

 

We soon realized that he was very uncomfortable. With thick, massive mats attached to every part of his body, he couldn’t walk or sit down properly. We wanted to alleviate his discomfort as quickly as possible but knew we had a huge job ahead of us.

We contacted the Valley Vet clinic in Carleton Place, Ontario and Dr. Lea Button agreed to meet us after hours at her clinic. We brought him in and had him sedated, then began the difficult task of shaving him. It was a long process, taking three hours with three sets of clippers to remove 10 lbs of hair. His hair was unbelievably thick, his nails were long and overgrown, he had urine and feces embedded in the mats, and the stench was unbearable.

The pads of his feet are very soft and tender from being encased in matted hair and he has poor muscle tone from being chained up.

The matts were so heavy and thick, they were soaked with urine & feces.

The matts were so heavy and thick, they were soaked with urine & feces.

 

Removing the mats.

Removing the mats.

10lbs of matted fur was removed.

10lbs of matted fur was removed. It filled an entire garbage bag.

 

As we were shaving him, he began to resemble a lion, so we decided to name him Leo. Under all that hair we found an obese Golden Doodle. It was heartbreaking to think that someone was feeding him daily and had trimmed the hair around his face but still allowed him to suffer day after day.

Leo with Dr. Lea Button from the Valley Veterinary Clinic in Carleton Place, Ontario.

Leo with Dr. Lea Button from the Valley Veterinary Clinic in Carleton Place, Ontario.

 

Since his vet visit, Leo has thrived; this brave boy has quickly stolen the hearts of all that have met him. He is good natured and smart, he’s enjoying his freedom and likes to follow his nose around the yard. He doesn’t like being outside for long and is really fond of his bed. We have promised Leo that the rest of his life is going to be amazing.

Will you consider donating to Leo’s vet bills? To make a donation, visit http://www.arnpriorhumanesociety.ca/give-a-donation/ If using PayPal, put a note that it’s for the Tyson Fund & Leo. Your donation allows us to continue helping pets like Leo.

Leo enjoying his freedom

Leo enjoying his freedom

Leo is such a brave boy, when you look into his eyes, your heart melts.

Leo is such a brave boy, when you look into his eyes, your heart melts.

 

To follow Leo’s progress, visit his Facebook page.

Leo now, a happy and smiling dog.

Leo now, a happy and smiling dog.