- Associated Press - Friday, July 25, 2014

LINDERHURST, N.Y. (AP) - Officials say a dog found in an abandoned Long Island house was so matted and the nails so overgrown that the pooch could barely walk.

Suffolk County SPCA chief Roy Gross says the Shih Tzu-type dog was found July 17.

It’s not clear how long it had been in the Lindenhurst house. Gross says it may have been dumped there.

Neighbors said the last tenants moved out almost a year ago but it wasn’t believed they owned a dog.

The animal was brought to the Babylon Town shelter where workers spent three hours shaving off 4 pounds of matted fur.

Gross tells Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/1mM6PNx ) “the matting was pulling so much on its leg, it couldn’t walk.”

The dog is about 5 or 6 years old and has been named Ziggy.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com


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