For an entire month, Freight, a gorgeous collie, was hidden underneath a thick, tangled mess of unkempt fur. He was homeless and roamed the confines of a railroad yard in Chicago, evading any and all efforts to capture him. ' People aware of the dog's plight left food out to help him survive, until he was finally trapped and rescued by the Trio Animal Foundation (TAF).
"It took shaving the pup's bottom down to be able to figure out if we were dealing with a male or female dog," the foundation wrote on Facebook. "The burrs, dried feces, urine, twigs, dirt, etc., that were matted into the tangled fur made it impossible to see any anatomy."
Freight's fur was so matted that he was unable to fully extend his back legs or relieve himself.
Instead, his bodily waste was caught in layers of fur and pressed against his skin.
It was only after his fur was shaved off that the 3-year-old dog was able to feel comfort and relief after spending weeks in such a state.