Three-year-old Cyrus had a bad hair day for a long time.
The Maltese pup was picked up off the street Oct. 11 looking no different than a dirty mop.
"When he was found, he was in very poor condition," said Dr. Melanie Youngs, the dog’s vet since he came to the Winnipeg Humane Society. "His hair coat was all fully matted together, which made it very difficult to examine him. You couldn’t even get your fingers through."
To examine Cyrus fully, Youngs and her team at the WHS had to get rid of the knots.
"So we had to shave all of his hair off, which took quite a long time and was quite an ordeal," Youngs said.
Because Youngs has seen it too many times before, seeing Cyrus in the state he was in wasn’t too much of a shock.
"Certainly you feel really bad for them, because if you’ve ever had tangles in your hair, or even had your hair in a ponytail too long, you know how it hurts your scalp," Youngs said. "He actually had to be sedated to do the full clip down from all the mats."
Through all the dirt and hair Cyrus couldn’t even wag his tail, and in total, three pounds of hair was removed from the small dog. When the excess, matted hair was gone, Youngs received a pleasant surprise.
"His skin was actually surprisingly healthy," said Youngs. "He was in good body condition, so it (didn’t) look like he was starving or like he’d been on the streets very long."
Youngs said because he hadn’t been on the streets long it was probable that he used to have an owner, but they have not come forward.
"He is actually very happy and sweet now, whereas he was scared and quiet when he first came in," said Youngs. "But you could tell when the mats were coming off that he was feeling better."
Before he goes up for adoption, Cyrus will be neutered and will get a good teeth cleaning.