For Lazarus, the nightmare is finally over. This gorgeousPyrenean Mountain Dog who had been gravely neglected was saved in the beginning of September by the organisation Big Fluffy Dog Rescuein Virginia, USA.Lazarus had been locked in a barnfor seven years. The poor dog never saw daylight and was forced to live in his own excrements. His owner, "terminally ill", just "threw some food and water" to him, explain the volunteers who pulled off the rescue. A neighbour had made alerted the authorities about the extreme negligence of this animal by its owner.
There was so much dirt and faeces blocking the door to the barn stall where Lazarus had been living, trapped in filth and inside his overgrown coat, it had to be shovelled away.
When he arrived at the shelter, the dog was struggling to breathe under the heavy fur and excrements which were stuck to it, weighing more than 35 pounds. He has some trouble staying on his feet, according to the rescuers.
Once sheared, one can only imagine the dog's relief after shedding such a massive burden, literally and figuratively. Thankfully, heseemed to find his energy again after being placed under medical surveillance and surrounded with care and affection.
Jessica Kincheloe, one of the groomers who was in charge of shearing the fur, said:
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.
Lazarus SteakSweet surprise for my sweet Lazarus. Steak dinners are only the start handsome boy.I know the steak wasn't cut. I do have other pups (lots!) who use the yard, and since Laz wouldn't take smaller pieces from me, I couldn't risk any pieces being left in the yard. He didn't mind one bit about chewing it a bit more, promise.#fortheloveoflazPosted by Amanda Brooke Charsha-Lindsey on Monday, September 5, 2016
Lazarus was so used to relieving himself whenever he needed to that the medical team made him wear diapers for the first while.Day after day, the dog is getting his strength back, with special thanks toAmanda Brooke Charsha-Lindsey, a member of the Big Fluffy Dog Rescue team who took him under her wing until he is ready to be put up for adoption.On her Facebook page, Amanda shared updates about Lazarus, who seems top be doing very well. He is seen enjoying the fresh air that he had always been deprived of:
"I sincerely hope Laz makes you smile as much as he does me and others I know. He is a sweet boy.",the young woman concluded.
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