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You Will Barely Recognize This Abandoned Dog After His Much Needed Haircut

Ziggy the dog's road to recovery

When a clearly neglected Shih Tzu was dropped off at a Long Island animal shelter, rescuers were shocked. More than 25% of his body was covered in thick, matted fur — which inspired his new name: Ziggy.

Suffolk County SPCA

 

“I’ve only seen one worse in my 30 year career,” says Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County SPCA. “Even the fleas could get through the fur, that’s how bad it was.”

The 5 or 6-year-old pup could barely walk, and it took rescuers 3.5 hours to shave 4 pounds of hair from the now 11 pound dog. The change is jaw dropping:

Suffolk County SPCA

“He will be up for adoption, but not now,” Gross says. “He has a long road to recovery.”

Ziggy will have to undergo extensive physical therapy to retrain his walking muscle memory.

“There’s also a criminal investigation, and the dog could serve as evidence,” Gross says. “This is another horrible case of animal cruelty.”

A $2,000 reward is being offered to anyone who provides information about the dog’s owner if it leads to arrest and conviction. Call the Suffolk County SPCA at (631) 382-7722.

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WATCH: Officer Pulls Woman From Railroad Tracks

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Police in Richmond, Texas released a dramatic dashcam video Monday that shows a police officer dragging a woman from the tracks moments before an oncoming train arrived.

Officer Ramon Morales was responding to calls about a woman sitting on the tracks on Sunday morning and he arrived just in time to save her. The footage shows the railroad crossing warning coming down as Morales’ car arrives. Moments after Morales drags the woman away, a train speeds by.

Morales was also able to prevent the woman from running back onto the tracks.

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Kittens Survive Accidentally Being Boxed Up and Shipped

It remains a mystery how two kittens wound up in a box full of fiberglass equipment shipped from Hollywood to Chula Vista, California. They are being nursed back to health at San Diego Humane Society

Two feisty black kittens with their umbilical cords still attached survived a 130-mile journey packed up in a sealed box full of fiberglass equipment earlier this week.

A Cox Communications warehouse worker found the siblings while unloading a delivery in Chula Vista, California that had recently arrived from Hollywood. The kittens were quickly shuttled to the San Diego Humane Society, where they are being nursed back to health. “We’re actually one of the only around the clock kitten nurseries in the country,” says Humane Society worker Kelly Schry.

While no one knows for sure how the kitties wound up on the semi, Humane Society Nurse Jenny Bonomini offered a plausible explanation to KGTV: “What we think happened was the mom had the babies and she put them in a safe spot … and she left. Then they got boxed up and they got shipped.”

Now named Mouse and Wifi, the fluffy kitties will be moved to a foster home in a few weeks, spayed and neutered, then put up for adoption. We’re pretty sure they won’t be orphans for long.

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