Severely abused dog found locked in barn with 35 pounds of shaved fur

It all started with a concerned neighbor. The good samaritan grew worried when their neighbor became terminally ill. But more concerning was them knowing that their sick neighbor had a seven-year-old Great Pyrenees that was trapped inside of a barn at all times. The good Samaritan called a couple groomers they knew, and they went to check on the dog.

Total shock

The groomers were shocked by the condition of the dog.

Sick and clearly uncared for

The barn was extremely filthy, and the poor dog also looked unwell. Most shocking of all, the dog was covered in a huge, matted coat. The coat was so heavy, the dog could barely stand.

Horrid conditions

Big Fluffy Dog Rescue, the group who took the dog in, shared more about him on their Facebook page:

“You cannot imagine the squalor in which this dog lived and there are no words adequate to convey the horror. The person who owned him simply threw over his food and water to him. Conditions were so awful they had to shovel feces to even be able to open the door to get him out. Not once before this picture was taken has this dog walked on grass or seen the sky above him.”

The groomers immediately started shaving the dog. He was nervous when he saw the clippers, but then, he began to relax. He seemed to understand that the groomers wanted to help him.

Still in good spirits

Even though the dog had been through so much, he was still very friendly.

One of the groomers, Jessica Kincheloe, told The Dodo:

“He was OK with the human touch but didn’t seem familiar to it. He warmed up to us really quick. Especially after offering treats.”

Once they were finished shaving the pup, they brought him over to his new home at Big Fluffy Dog Rescue. There, he got a new name: Lazarus.

Recovering mentally and physically

The dog looked much better, but now, the rescue group wanted to help the dog feel better too.

The pup had some health issues, including a broken tail and some small tumors. The rescue group took the dog to a vet and got these issues checked out. They also helped him begin recovering mentally from his ordeal.

At first, Lazarus couldn’t even walk. But after lots of training, the dog took some hesitant steps!

Big Fluffy Dog Rescue also wanted to give Lazarus a special treat, and so they brought him his own steak. At first, he wasn’t sure how to eat it, and he simply sniffed it. But after a few moments of hesitation, he finally took a big bite!

Finding a loving home

Once Lazarus was healthy both physically and mentally, Big Fluffy Dog Rescue began looking for his new forever home.

They quickly found the right home for him, with a mom and dad who loved him more than anything.

By his eighth birthday, Lazarus was healthy, and he had a beautiful, well-groomed coat of fur.

A new begining

After being rescued in 2016, Lazarus had a few wonderful years with his mom and dad.

He spent his days running around his big backyard with his other dog siblings. His mom also treated him to delicious doggy ice cream, and he always had a cake on his birthday.

Unfortunately, though, a few years after his rescue Lazarus got sick again, and he sadly passed away at age 10. He was surrounded by loved ones during his last moments.

We’re so glad Lazarus went to a good home with parents who loved him more than anything and gave him the best years of his life. Lazarus will be missed, but his spirit lives on.

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