When a Florida groomer saw pictures on social media of an abandoned dog that had been found on the side of the road, she knew it needed immediate care.
Even though it was nearly midnight, Kari Falla, owner of BGE Grooming, offered to open up her shop to care for the dog since he was covered in severely matted fur. “They said they found it on the side of the road and it almost got hit by a car,” Falla said. “They couldn’t keep it for the night and the woman was looking for someone who could.”
“They arrived at my shop at midnight and it took three hours to groom him. A normal groom only takes an hour-and-a-half,” Falla said. “When a dog is matted that badly, it can cause its blood flow to stop as well as bruising to the dog.” The poor dog was soaking wet, covered in fleas and infections, and the matted fur was so thick he couldn’t even go to the bathroom.
“I could tell he’d been that way for a few years from the pictures. You could tell it was extreme neglect,” Falla said. “I knew it was bad, but nothing prepared me for what I saw. It smelled like death and the dog could not walk. They had to carry it.”
“It made me cry,” Falla said. Despite everything the dog had been through, he trusted the groomers instantly. “The dog was perfect for me when I was grooming him. It’s like he knew I was helping him. Once we shaved him, he was wagging his tail and was so happy. I knew I did the right thing.”
The 4-year-old dog, which they named Lucky, was taken to the vet for further treatment the following day and has since been placed with a foster family while officials search for his original owner. “We believe in paying it forward. Sharing a little bit of kindness goes a lot way. And in this case, it saved a life,” Falla added.
Watch the entire video below to see what this dog groomer did when she saw an animal that desperately needed her help.
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[Featured image: Facebook/BGE Grooming]