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Dog Lives Under A Bed For Two Years, But Is Saved And Gets Life-Changing Makeover (7 Pics)
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Dog Lives Under A Bed For Two Years, But Is Saved And Gets Life-Changing Makeover (7 Pics)

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This is one of those stories that we love to tell. The kind that thrills us and touches our hearts making us believe that there is still a lot of kindness in the world. This is a story about an abandoned dog, who after 2 years of neglect, finally found hope. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of abused animals in the world but we are happy to see how people are willing to collaborate with this fight.

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A seven-year-old animal neglect case named Lionheart was surrendered to the Richmond SPCA dog shelter back in April by his owner. The small stray dog had been living under a bed for two years completely abandoned and neglected. His body was covered in thick mats, feces, his own urine making him not able to eat, drink or walk properly. You could see the sadness and great pain that he was dealing with for a long time. According to the staff, the dog rescue was “one of the most shocking cases of neglect” they had ever encountered and Lionheart was hardly recognizable as a dog.

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The animal shelter immediately reacted and took the little dog into their care. Without knowing much about his overall health and body condition, the dedicated team started shaving his matted fur and clipping his nails, to begin with. “In order to uncover the dog hidden beneath all this fur, he had to be sedated to be shaved” – tells the Richmond SPCA on their video about the first hours of his transformation. It took a few hours until the staff could see the little dog hiding under the matted fur.

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“Relieved from the weight and discomfort of his matted fur, Lionheart began to show his adorable personality.” And this all thanks to the wonderful Richmond SPCA team who did not hesitate and saved Lionheart’s life!

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Let’s admit that it’s clear to see that now Lionheart is filled with life, energy, and love. He looks nothing like he used to be before his doggie grooming transformation. Just look at those cute eyes filled with joy!

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“We are happy to announce that Lionheart is now in a loving, lasting home. We wish him and his guardian many years of happiness.”

Here’s Richmond SPCA video about it:

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Lsai Aeon
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I see a lot of comments here about the owner should be prosecuted. We don't know the story here. I'm a former vet tech and have seen this happen because the actual owner was honestly too old to care for themselves much less an animal properly and no one checked up on the human or the animal until it was too late.

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's possible that his first "owner" developed dementia or a serious illness and couldn't properly care for him. That's no excuse; just saying things happen. People don't set out to become animal abusers.

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4 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Aria Whitaker please calm down. There are people with no money, caretakers and they go on like this for years. Ever watch Hope for Paws videos? You will see pets abandoned that most likely were the pet of someone who died. They just get dumped. I think that person also had issues, too. Not everyone functions correctly. Not making excuses, but the more isolated people get, the more it becomes challenging to help them, and I don't mean the self absorbed kind, but people who don't see the small changes in their minds, etc. It's all very sad. I am so glad there is a happy ending. I voted you up, because I get how you feel. I've seen cases where people tie pugs up outside in 80 and 90 degree heat. I want to raze their home and catapult them to mars.

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lsaizul avatar
Lsai Aeon
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I see a lot of comments here about the owner should be prosecuted. We don't know the story here. I'm a former vet tech and have seen this happen because the actual owner was honestly too old to care for themselves much less an animal properly and no one checked up on the human or the animal until it was too late.

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Pretty Pangolin
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's possible that his first "owner" developed dementia or a serious illness and couldn't properly care for him. That's no excuse; just saying things happen. People don't set out to become animal abusers.

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Grumble O'Pug
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4 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Aria Whitaker please calm down. There are people with no money, caretakers and they go on like this for years. Ever watch Hope for Paws videos? You will see pets abandoned that most likely were the pet of someone who died. They just get dumped. I think that person also had issues, too. Not everyone functions correctly. Not making excuses, but the more isolated people get, the more it becomes challenging to help them, and I don't mean the self absorbed kind, but people who don't see the small changes in their minds, etc. It's all very sad. I am so glad there is a happy ending. I voted you up, because I get how you feel. I've seen cases where people tie pugs up outside in 80 and 90 degree heat. I want to raze their home and catapult them to mars.

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