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It Took a Dog Groomer 3 Hours and 4 Baths to Free This Pup From Mats of Hair

Good Housekeeping logo Good Housekeeping 10/20/2017 Caroline Picard
It Took a Dog Groomer 3 Hours and 4 Baths to Free This Pup From Mats of Hair © Zach Blair It Took a Dog Groomer 3 Hours and 4 Baths to Free This Pup From Mats of Hair

Kari Falla, a pet groomer in Oviedo, Florida, knew she couldn't wait until the next morning when she saw photos of a neglected dog on Facebook last week. The severely matted pup - found on the side of the road - needed immediate care, according to the post on a page for lost pets.

"When a dog is matted that badly, it can cause its blood flow to stop as well as bruising to the dog," Falla, owner of BGE Grooming, told Inside Edition. "They couldn't keep it for the night and the woman was looking for someone who could." With no time to spare, Falla opened her doors at midnight so she could shave the mistreated animal right away.

While she could tell the dog had suffered for several years based on the photos, nothing prepared Falla for when he arrived an hour later. The mats were so thick that the flea-infested animal couldn't walk or use the bathroom. It was the worst case she'd ever seen in her life.

"You could tell it was extreme neglect," Falla said. "It smelled like death."

While the typical grooming appointment takes an hour and a half, freeing the dog they named Lucky took twice as long. After spending two hours shaving off the mats, Falla gave him two flea baths, two soothing hypoallergenic baths "and lots of love and care!"

After cutting away the mounds of fur "attached like a mummified cast," Falla determined that the approximately 4-year-old dog, possibly a Goldendoodle mix, was also blind and deaf, Click Orlando reports.

Once Lucky was clean, he went off to the vet with foster parent Zach Blair for much-needed care, including antibiotics, teeth cleaning, laser eye surgery and neutering. Blair told WFTV that his own employer paid the vet bills after hearing Lucky's story.

"It really took a village," Blair informed the station. "A bunch of strangers trusting each other and working together to save an animal in the middle of the night."

While officials are reportedly searching for the dog's original owner, Lucky is reportedly doing "fantastic" in his temporary home as he recovers from the surgeries.

"He hasn't left my side and follows me everywhere," Blair wrote on Facebook. "I basically have a new shadow."

WATCH: This Story of a Dog's Reunion With His Owner After Hurricane Harvey Is Incredible

(h/t Bored Panda)

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