Painfully matted, neglected stray Terrier gets a new lease on life

Available for adoption at spcaLA South Bay Pet Adoption Center

Los Angeles, CA — Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) recently received a stray dog with fur so badly matted he could neither lift his leg nor wag his tail. spcaLA’s Veterinary Services Department shaved off the chocolate-brown Terrier’s matted fur, revealing a sweet, active dog who they named Max.

Max’s previous owners had neglected caring for his fur so much, and for so long, that Max was in agony. Max’s hair tightened and pulled on his skin, making even the smallest movement excruciating. Water from recent rains only made his mats tighten more.

“The most deplorable thing about this situation is that it was 100% preventable,” said spcaLA President, Madeline Bernstein. “Though roaming the streets for a short while exacerbated his condition, Max was clearly neglected by his previous owners. Had they given him routine, basic grooming, this never would have happened.”

spcaLA reminds pet owners to routinely brush and groom their pets to avoid extreme situations such as Max’s. In addition to being painful, Max’s condition was unhygienic. The matted fur collects dirt, debris, and even feces. The only way to treat fur in a state like Max’s is to have it shaved by a professional.


L-R: Max upon arrival at spcaLA, Max today

While most pet owners consider the cost of vet care, training, or food when adopting a pet, they should consider grooming, too, especially for pets with longer hair. Routine brushing and grooming is essential for your pet’s health and well-being. Daily brushing helps with circulation and growth, can be a time to bond with your pet, and provide human companions familiarity with their pets’ skin and coat, so they may notice any irregularities. In the event you are confronted with matting you are unable to detangle, seek the help of a professional groomer. If you need assistance, please call the spcaLA Grooming Salon at 562-206-1375.

Max is available for adoption Saturday January 13, 2017 at 10am at the spcaLA South Bay Pet Adoption Center in Hawthorne at 12910 Yukon Ave., 310-676-1149.

For more information, please contact Ana Bustilloz at 323-730-5300 x252, cell 323-707-1271 or

Since 1877, spcaLA has been the premiere independent, nonprofit animal welfare organization serving Southern California. There is no national SPCA, parent organization, or umbrella group that provides financial support to spcaLA. Donations run programs and services including Cruelty Investigation, Disaster Animal Response Team, Humane Education, and a variety of shelter services.