From rags to riches: Rescue dog goes from haggard to happy

A dog who was dropped off at an animal shelter in "deplorable condition" could not look happier now that she has a new home.

Chicago-based charity Trio Animal Foundation (TAF) posted a November 8 Facebook album full of images which detailed the progress of Holland, a dog who had been encased in a "vice like matted fur" in late September, with the width of the matted fur on her legs "over 2-3 inches thick."

FROM RAGS TO RICHES… HOLLAND THE WONDER DOG! On September 27th, Holland was dropped off at an open access shelter in...

Upon being taken in by TAF, clean-up operations began as "Holland's matted ears dragged the ground and were at least 6 inches long… they should have been more like 2," while "the wet matted tendrils on her face wreaked and she rubbed her face incessantly trying to itch her irritated skin."

Such was the difficulty in tackling the issues the dog was suffering from, TAF arranged "to have her sedated for a surgical groom at the vet." Newly groomed and thankfully free from any serious medical issues, Holland did however have a reticence to human contact.

TAF credits Holland's therapy dog Miller for bringing "her out of her shell and bring a smile to her face," eventually leading to her finding a home with a couple.