Three people in Oviedo, FL—a couple and a groomer—are being given the internet equivalent of a standing ovation after rescuing a horribly neglected dog from the side of the road in the wee hours of the morning.
After taking note of his matted, dirty coat, the couple asked for help with the pup on Facebook and a saint responded. Kari Falla, owner/operator of BGE Grooming, was quick to offer her services to Lucky the dog. Lucky was estimated to be four-years-old with severe loss of hearing and vision but immediately began wagging his tail after Falla shaved and bathed him.
“When a dog is matted that badly, it can cause its blood flow to stop as well as bruising to the dog,” she told Inside Edition.
Matting on pets is extremely serious and can cause Hematomas (a concentration of blood outside the blood vessels) and other critical health issues.
Fall opened her business in the middle of the night and worked for three hours to help Lucky, who was barely functioning prior to the grooming session.
“I knew it was bad, but nothing prepared me for what I saw,” Falla said. “It smelled like death and the dog could not walk.”
She also took the pooch to the vet as soon as a clinic was open.
Be prepared to get emotional and possibly a little teary-eyed
Here you can see some “before” shots of Lucky’s progress
What kind of monster would leave an animal looking like this?
…Someone who should be arrested for animal abuse. (In some states abandoning pets on the side of the road is illegal. Unfortunately this is mostly due to the fact that animals can block traffic and cause accidents, especially in construction zones and on busy freeways.)
And here’s Falla and Lucky, mid-makeover
THE AMAZING “AFTER” PIC
The vet neutered Lucky, who is now significantly lighter due to his haircut
He is currently thriving in a foster home
…waiting for his forever home.
Check out that epic tail wag.
The groomer said Lucky was visibly “happy” after she was done with him
A plethora of people are rightfully praising Falla for her selfless actions
Tips on grooming a dog who’s overdo for a trip to the salon, via Livepantplay:
- “DO NOT CUT MATS OUT WITH SCISSORS! It’s very hard to tell where the skin must be shaved out.
- DO NOT WASH YOUR DOG WHEN HE IS MATTED! What was one of the main causes of mats? Moisture! The hair follicles expand and cause the mat to tighten.
I recommend taking your dog to a groomer – they know the best and least painful ways to remove mats. If your dog has a couple of small matted areas that are NOT to the skin it is possible to gently brush them out. First apply cornstarch generously and rub into the mat. Then brush out with a dematting comb or slicker brush. You should be able to run a comb completely through your dog’s hair.”
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