Published On: Thu, Mar 12th, 2015 on 2:33 pm

This dog was found on the street, and it made a transformational recovery

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A dog that was found covered in kilos of matted fur in Winchester in January is ready to be rehomed.

Dave Abandoned Dog

Dave before and after. Images: RSPCA.

Dave, a white poodle cross, was found among nine other dogs who were discovered under the weight of 12kg (26lb) of matted fur.

They were dumped in and around Winchester and were in such a bad state their breed could not be identified.

The matted fur was so heavy that the dogs, including Dave, could barely able to walk or stand.

Winchester City Council’s animal welfare officers described it as the worst case they had seen.

Under the care of the RSPCA, the charity is now appealing for members of the public to come forward and take in Dave after his transformation.

Dave is 18-months-old and is being cared for at the RSPCA’s Mount Noddy Animal Centre in Chichester.

He is getting fitter by the day and enjoys walks, but can be anxious and jumpy as he has never lived in a home before.

“He really hasn’t had the best start in life”

Emily Bowen, RSPCA branch support specialist, said: “Dave is starting to show signs of confidence, but he will take time to get to know new people. Although he’s a fun and playful dog he’s not really sure of how to act around other dogs and can get a bit over excited so he’ll also need some boundaries setting.

“We think he would be best as an only dog so that his new owner can spend a lot of one on one time with him. He really hasn’t had the best start in life but we know that he will reward his new owners with love and devotion.”

Dave will also benefit from someone at home a lot and needs to live only with older children as younger children could make him anxious. He may be able to live with a cat that is used to dogs.

If you think you can help rehome Dave, please contact RSPCA Mount Noddy on

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