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Beautiful Dog Hidden Under Years of Neglect

by Katherine

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On July 13, 2014, Chicago based Trio Animal Foundation (TAF) rescued a dog in need from an open access shelter, and a beautiful dog surfaced from under a pile of fur, built after years of neglect.

“TAF went and picked up a clump of pungent, urine soaked matted fur [and] we couldn’t even figure out if the dog was a male or female,” posted the organization on their Facebook page. “When we first saw this dog in its cage, we didn’t know which end was front or back. We had to get a treat to see which end lifted up to sniff.”

Photo Credit: Trio Animal Foundation/Facebook
Photo Credit: Trio Animal Foundation/Facebook


The poor dog not only lived weighed down by clusters of its own feces and urine clumped in its fur, it also had flies and gnats swarming its tiny little body.

TAF enlisted the help of a veteran groomer, and for more than an hour, the pet professional worked to free the canine from its fur jail.

“Within the first ten minutes we found out that our matted pup was a girl,” posted TAF.

They named her Ellen and discovered the pup was more than grateful to finally feel a loving hand on her body.

Photo Credit: Trio Animal Foundation/Facebook

“Never once did Ellen growl or show her teeth,” said TAF. “When it came time to shave the matted fur that had tightly wrapped its way around Ellen’s raw legs like a snug boot, [she] actually looked up and started to give kisses.”

Her heavy matted coat weight a total of 2 lbs. As soon as she was free of it, she was given a bath, a collar, harness, leash and a few toys. A veterinarian examined her and vaccinated her, and as soon as she receives a clean bill of health she will be spayed.

A few days later she met her foster mom and now lives in a comfortable and loving home. She has three foster brothers and a sister and wishes to some day find a forever home of her own.

If you are interested in adopting Ellen fill out an adoption application at

For more information on Ellen, visit TAF’s website or Facebook page.