The day 7-year-old Lionheart was surrendered to the Richmond SPCA was the luckiest of his life. The poor pooch was barely recognizable as a dog.
Lionheart’s former owner told staff he’d been hiding under a bed for the past two years. His painful, filthy mats made it difficult for him to walk, eat, or drink.
With such severe matting, the veterinary staff could not fully assess Lionheart’s condition. They sedated him and quickly went to work removing pounds of hair and trimming his overgrown toenails.
It took several hours, but soon a beautiful little dog began to emerge!
Lionheart had several medical conditions to address before he could be placed for adoption. His skin was covered in sores, he had intestinal parasites, and he suffered from severe, untreated periodontal disease.
The Richmond SPCA neutered him, performed a dental cleaning, and tended to his skin. After three months of professional care, Lionheart was ready to embark on his new life.
According to his former caretakers:
“He was quickly adopted by a compassionate and very loving new guardian who adores him.”
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