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Severely Matted, Neglected Dogs Recovering at MSPCA-Nevins Farm

Methuen, Mass. May 19, 2014 – Three Lhasa Apsos-mix dogs were surrendered to the MSPCA-Nevins Farm in Methuen on May 7 with fur so matted and nails so ingrown that they could not walk, the organization announced today.  The dogs were initially turned over to the Haverhill animal control officer after their previous owner refused to provide them with minimum standards of care.

The MSPCA’s Law Enforcement department is investigating and expects to bring charges against the animals’ previous owners, who have not yet been identified.

The dogs, which include mom “Cinderella,” (age seven) and her two daughters “Anastasia” and “Drizella,” both six, are recovering from their ordeal.  Upon intake the dogs’ fur was shaved and their nails were trimmed.  They have also required extensive dental work to repair their teeth, which deteriorated due to lack of care.

A blind and very scared Cinderella awaits her grooming session at the MSPCA-Nevins Farm (credit: MSPCA-Angell)

A blind and very scared Cinderella awaits her grooming session at the MSPCA-Nevins Farm (credit: MSPCA-Angell)

According to Director Mike Keiley, both Anastasia and Drizella also have eye issues which are serious but treatable.   The veterinary team concluded that their mother, Cinderella, is blind.  “These dogs were in terrible overall condition and it was obvious at first sight that they have gone very long periods without necessary veterinary care,” he said.  “Their lives have been marked by neglect and we’re going to do all we can to get them well and get them into the loving homes that they deserve.”

“Complete Health Overhaul”

The dogs were professionally shaved by the skilled team at the Grooming Emporium, the Lowell-based grooming team who often volunteers its services for homeless animals.  Their grotesquely overgrown nails were also trimmed.  And despite the suffering and neglect they endured for years, their behavior assessment revealed that all three are friendly and social, making them prime candidates for adoption.

Keiley is confident the dogs will have a very bright future.  Drizella, in fact, has already been claimed by a new owner and left today for her forever home.  Cinderella and Anastasia remain at Nevins Farm.

“Lhasa Apsos are wonderful dogs—small enough for those living in tight spaces and very loyal and loving to those close to them,” added Keiley.  Keiley also said it is relatively rare for Lhasa Apso-type dogs to be surrendered to the shelter, making them highly desirable.

The MSPCA-Angell’s three state-wide animal care and adoption centers take in, and place into new homes, thousands of homeless dogs, cats and other animals every year.  Anastasia, Cinderella and Drizella represent just some of the many animals who arrive every day—and whose futures are brighter as a result of the care they receive.  Readers can contribute directly toward the care of these animals by clicking here.



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