By Catherine Reid
This poorly pup could easily pass for a character in Star Paws!
The Yorkshire Terrier was found dumped in Elvaston, Derby, and had that much matted fur she could easily have been mistaken for famous Wookiee Chewbacca
The mutt, called Mel, is now looking for her fur-ever home along with Sue – another Terrier – after they were abandoned in the grounds at Elvaston Castle on Wednesday (March 15).
It took rescuers four hours to trim the ‘dreadlocks’ from them both and poor Sue even had to have all her teeth removed because they were so rotten.
Karen Gregory, the owner of Crowfoot Kennels Dog Rescue, said: “We found Mel in Elvaston Castle and she was in a really bad state.
“She looked like Chewbacca – her hair was that matted, it was like dreadlocks.
“But after we clipped her hair back she was a completely different dog and was running around wagging her tail.”
Karen brought Mel back to the rescue centre before receiving another call about a similar dog in the same spot.
The 49-year-old added: “A couple of hours later we had a call about another Terrier in the same spot and she was just as bad.
“We managed to clip their fur right back and then we had to take them both to the vets.
“Sue’s teeth were so bad she had to have most of them removed.
“They were so rotten they could have poisoned her.”
Karen said it was one of the worst dog recovery cases she has ever encountered, and Mel’s hair was so matted you couldn’t see her eyes.
Sue even had barbed wire tangled near her tail and was so frightened she wouldn’t let anybody touch her at first.
Karen said: “Mel was so matted you couldn’t see where her eyes were.
“We spent all afternoon clipping and bathing them both so they could see and were a bit more comfortable.”
Karen is now letting the pair settle down while fundraising to help cover the veterinary bills, which have set her back over £600 so far.
She said: “It’s unbelievable how someone has let them get in that state.
“Once they’re back to health we’re going to see if we can re-home them together.”