Neglected dog gets a new chance at life

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NEBRASKA (CNN) — The Nebraska Humane Society has given a severely neglected dog a new chance at life.

11-year-old Ellie May had matted hair that weighed nearly as much as her body.

The 11 pound Shitsu appears to love being the center of the action.

Times were tough for Ellia Mae, she was in very poor health.

“Basically, just looked like it was a container of mops, dirty mops. And then we saw it move a little bit,” said Dr. Amber Horn of the Nebraska Humane Society.

They realized the blob of hair was actually a dog.

Veterinarians and groomers quickly attended to her.

Jenna Baseler was one of those helping care for Ellie Mae, she just started here three weeks earlier.

“Really just getting through the matting. I thought the emotional part would be a challenge, I mean the emotions kind of came afterwards you just kind of just shut those emotions off and say I need to help this dog,” Baseler said. “The three of us just shaving her down and finally found a dog under there.”

Along with the entangled hair, groomers found feces and other debris in the dog’s coat.

Overall, they removed almost nine pounds of hair, her nails on her paws were around six inches long.

Unfortunately, seeing animals in distress is nothing new here, but the severity of Ellie Mae’s case was extreme.

“Matted fur, the long toe nails, the severe dental disease – these are all things that we see through out the week, it’s just a matter of how severe, how long its been going on. But she most certainly is the worst I’ve ever seen in terms of the volume of matting that she had.”

Today, Ellie Mae shows none of the effects of her conditions, as she’s ready to move forward with her life.

Ellie Mae is now ready to be adopted.

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