Last week, a dog with thick and dirty dreadlocks was given a new look after a three-hour makeover. A Shih Tzu mix named Rags was rescued by the Clarksdale Animal Rescue Effort and Shelter after it had wandered into a front yard. Rags was taken to the animal shelter with all the dirt and grime still stuck to its fur. The shelter decided it would be better to give the dog a haircut.
“The person that brought him in said they had been feeding him for a few weeks after he wandered into their yard but made it clear he did not belong to them,” said an employee at animal shelter. “His body was covered in the thickest mats that we’ve ever seen. We’ve never seen this much hair on a dog this size!”
Rags also had bowed legs because his fur was so tangled that he could not walk properly. Aside from the grimy hair, he also had fleas and sores beneath all that hair. According to the shelter, his hair was so matted that they could not simply cut it with scissors. It took three hours of washing and shaving to take off 4 and half pounds of fur.
“He looks like a different dog and I think he’s proud of his new look,” CARES board member Paige Daugherty said. “After killing the fleas and giving him a medicated bath, he’s much more comfortable than he’s been in quite some time.” The shelter is now trying to raise money to pay for more treatments. Rags is also now looking to get adopted.