Owner brought 3 old, neglected dogs to shelter to be euthanized, but they were saved instead

Days ago, the owner of three badly neglected senior dogs walked into a Spokane, Washington, animal shelter and requested that the dogs be euthanized. Fortunately, the staff chose to save the dogs instead.

The request

According to the former owner, the dogs “would bite.” Despite the dog owner’s warning, the staff at the Spokane Humane Society decided to give them a chance. The animal shelter wrote:

Staff assessed the dogs and found three 11-year-old, surprisingly active Shih Tzus trapped under thick mats of tangled and decomposing fur. After a brief consultation the owner decided to surrender the dogs to us, and we went to work.

Describing the pitiful condition that dogs were in:

The mats covered the dogs from wet licorice nose to wagging tail tip tearing at their skin every time they moved. Their nails were so long they curled like buck horns. All three had bad teeth – they were a smelly, miserable trio and quite possibly also in a lot of pain. The only way to deal with the hot, dirty, tangled threesome was a complete shave. Over several hours, staff and volunteers carefully removed more than 13 lbs (!!!) of fur. Then the dogs got a bath and obvious sores, cuts and smaller infections were treated.

Bite risk?

Though strangers were working on the dogs – no one was bit. The shelter wrote:

But what we also found were three handsome – though slightly chubby – little dogs with big brown eyes and surprisingly easygoing personalities.  No one bit anyone.


The shelter is hoping that donations will be submitted to help cover the grooming and expected veterinary care for the three senior dogs who were surrendered. Anyone interested can visit the animal shelter’s Facebook page here to make a contribution.

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