Stray dog bounces back after full groom and examination


A stray dog found in bad condition has been fully groomed and is looking brand new!

Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center in Springfield introduced Scruffy to their Facebook followers Thursday afternoon. By Friday morning, a post groom Scruffy was fully cleaned and examined, weighing 13 pounds.

The animal adoption center said Scruffy weighed 16 pounds before being groomed. Animal Control Supervisor Hannah Orenstein told 22News on Thursday, Scruffy was found as a stray by a good Samaritan in Springfield.

Scruffy appeared in poor condition with matted fur and some type of eye condition. TJO staff further explained the nauseating smell coming from Scruffy’s urine-soaked fur.

“Thankfully his skin is in okay condition, he doesn’t seem to have any large wounds or anything like that,” said Orenstein. “He does have bilateral corneal ulcers, so he’s got some scarring on his eyeballs, most likely from the mattes rubbing on his eyes.”

Scruffy’s microchip indicates he may have come from a puppy mill in Alabama. 

A video posted on Facebook on Thursday by the center showed a sedated Scruffy laying down with looking completely different after being examined.

Come Friday morning, he was up and running. Scruffy is described as a cute, sweet, Shih Tzu-type of dog.  Scruffy will be available for adoption later in the week, just in time for Clear the Shelters on August 18th.

Anyone with information about Scruffy’s owner is asked to call the Springfield animal adoption center at (413) 781 1484. You can also call that number if you find a dog who needs help.

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