A dog with thick dreadlocks now looks brand new after groomers gave him a three-hour makeover on Friday.
Rags, a 3-or 4-year-old Shih Tzu mix, was rescued by an animal non-profit after a homeowner said the dog had wandered into their yard.
"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 Clarksdale Animal Rescue Effort and 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 walked with bowed legs because his fur was tangled so tightly. He also had hundreds of fleas and sores beneath his coat.
His hair was so matted that they couldn't be cut with scissors.
After three hours of bathing and shaving at Clarksdale Animal Rescue Effort and Shelter (CARES), Rags was transformed. Groomers shaved off four and a 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.”
Daugherty said Rags was very well-behaved and stood still during the long process.
After getting rid of his dreadlocks, Rags slept in a plush bed, which he loved.
Now the shelter is trying to raise $500 to pay for Rags to have treatment for heartworm, which he has tested positive for.
The adorable pup is also now looking for a new home.