Rescue staff were forced to shave the matted hair off a ten-year-old poodle – because it was so mistreated it couldn’t eat properly.
The poodle, named Argyle, was found in Aberdeen almost unrecognisable as its fur was so badly matted that it could hardly see or open its mouth.
Scotland’s animal welfare charity was alerted to Argyle by Mrs Murray’s Cat and Dog Home, who care for lost and stray dogs and cats.
The dog which requires regular grooming had to receive extensive dental treatment after being found on November 14.
And the pooch is still being looked after by Mrs Murray’s Cat and Dog Home.
Scottish SPCA Inspector Fiona McKenzie, said: “Mrs Murray’s Cat and Dog Home contacted us because the toy poodle was so terribly matted when he came into their care.
“They immediately had to clip his face just so he could open his mouth and eat properly.
“He was then taken to a vet where his entire coat had to be shaved and he received extensive dental treatment.
“A dog of this breed requires regular grooming and maintenance of their coat. This is a duty a responsible owner should provide.
“We are investigating the circumstances of his condition and hope the public can help us in identifying his owner.”
Fiona added: “He is a ten-year-old, entire male toy poodle with the tip of his ear missing.
“According to his microchip, his name is Argyle.
“Unfortunately, his details are still registered to his breeder but he may have been rehomed previously in the Peterhead area.
“If anyone recognises Argyle we’d urge them to contact us as we are keen to identify his owner.”
Anyone with any information about Argyle is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA confidential helpline on 03000 999 999.