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Old 01-03-2010, 11:14 PM
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I just got back from a friend's apartment and she has a little insertrandomsmalldogbreed-pooish dog with some pretty matted fur. It's bad under the armpits and down the legs, etc. She knows the dog needs to see a groomer, he jumps around like nothing but it can't be comfortable, but she said she's worried about getting reported for dog abuse because of the fur being so matted? I was just wondering if this is something she should be worried about?

I told her I'd pay for the dog to be groomed, but she's worried about taking him in. I thought maybe she could say she just found the dog or something, but most places want rabies and vaccine records from my experience.
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:17 PM
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Even if she is reported, if she's addressing the problem I don't think she has much to worry about. What she needs to do is, if the dog mats a lot, either inspect the dog daily and learn to remove mats herself, or take the dog to regularly be groomed so it never becomes a serious issue.
IMO though it would have to be REALLY matted to be the kind of thing she'd get reported for...
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:22 PM
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She won't get reported if the dog is getting the problem sorted out. At least not here. The SPCA picks up our strays here and releases the dogs with severe matting to their owners to get groomed if they want them back. They then do a single follow up to make sure the dog is OK and that's it.
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Old 01-04-2010, 02:50 AM
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I've seen some really matted dogs come in, and they don't get reported. Granted, any one dog is never matted every time, it's usually that the dog always looks good, and they let them go too long once, and they're fine again the next time they come in. Sure, we mention they need groomed, and 99% of the time the owner agrees, and tells us about something that happened that made them miss a groomer's appointment.

Taking the dog to a groomer to get the mats taken care of should not be reported. If she's really that worried about it, she can buy herself a set of clippers and do it herself, but honestly, the groomer isn't going to report a matted dog, because when the give the dog back, it's not going to be matted.

On that note, I have heard of a puli getting reported for mats, when really it had gorgeous cords LMFAO
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Old 01-04-2010, 06:58 AM
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I think the only time she should be concerned abut being reported is when the dog is matted so bad that they have to shave the entire dog down and the mat that came off the dog was like one big fur coat.

If she does not want to take the dog in to be groomed now it will eventually get the way I described above. After she gets the dog from the groomer she can prevent mats from coming back by a daily combing.

With Lola I find it embarrassing to have her with even the slightest mat on her ear hair so she gets combed about every other day.
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Old 01-04-2010, 07:19 AM
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Where I work we've only ever reported a dog once. The dog was more matted than any dog we'd ever seen, and there was feces and other things in the mats. Under the mats there were festering and oozing wounds on the skin. Then on top of that, the dog had serious health issues that weren't being treated or even acknowledged. Her ears were also the worst any of us had ever seen, her teeth were rotting out of her mouth, she had 5-6 very large mammary lumps.

We took pictures, documented everything, and the HS pretty much said that since the dog had been brought in to be groomed there was nothing they could do.

Dogs get matted. Groomers understand that. It's when there are other serious issues involved that it comes into question. And I can tell you that there are a LOT of people out there who don't give a hoot if their dog gets matted. They get the dog groomed every three months and don't touch a brush in between. The dog comes in, gets shaved to the skin, and repeat.
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we have reported a dog before. it was so matted that it had raw oozing skin under the mats because the skin couldnt get air. this dog had maggots, and mats were over the eyes, and one of the eyes was horribly infected because of that. the whole back end of the dog was covered in poop because its butt hole was matted where he had to poop AND pee into mats.
the police did do something, although the dog was at the groomers. it turned into a neglect case because of the dogs skin/maggots/eye infection
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Old 01-04-2010, 08:06 AM
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Thanks for the responses guys.

Like I said, the mats are pretty bad, but nothing like some that were mentioned above. This dog's mats are the armpits and down the legs/feet (probably behind the ears but I didn't check), but the rest of him didn't seem really matted and it didn't seem to inhibit him in any way (he was still a royal butthead, lol). He will have to be shaved to the fur, but hopefully she'll keep up after this. She takes the dog to college with her out of state, so I'm guessing she probably forgot or just got busy?

Anywho, thanks again!
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tell her not to worry about being reported.
even if she ddi have a report filed on her all aspca will do is look to see if the problem has been remidied...
since the report woudl be filed by the groomer she took him to, then yes, the problem has been remidied...
if theres any skin sores she might have to provide a proof hes seen the vet too, but im talking like bad sores and wounds under those mats which it doesnt sound like hes That bad.

around here they will generally check up again after about 6 months to make sure the dog hasnt slipped back into that condition too....

the longer she leaves it though, obviously, the higher the risk of it getting worse.
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Old 01-04-2010, 08:31 AM
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SHe should however be concerned about how painful those mats are. That skin can be corckscrewed up into the mat where it dies which results in sores. And that is just one thing that can go wrong. I hope you can get your friend to get her dog cleaned up. EVen if it is taking them off a few at a time with a pair of scissors. I have done for more cats and dogs than I can count and they are all grateful they are free from the pain of them.
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