This past week Humane Officer Winwood responded to an anonymous tip in regards to a dog who was in extremely poor condition. When Officer Winwood arrived on the scene she found a young soft-coated Wheaten Terrier and Poodle mix, now named Keko, alone in the alley covered in matts.
Due to her condition Officer Winwood knew immediately she needed help and took her directly to the veterinarian where she received a full examination. The veterinarian reported that Keko was healthy and would be a happy little dog once all the matts were off of her, which would not be easy. Keko had to be anesthetized for them to get the matts off of her.
Keko is just one example of the condition of many animals coming to the Humane Society of Ventura County, especially those rescued in the field by our Humane Officers. Getting these animals properly groomed to make their stay at the shelter as comfortable as possible is an essential part of our job and top priority for new animals arriving at the shelter. Grooming is a crucial part of an animals health and effects every aspect of their physical lives and behavior. Animals who are not comfortable in their own skin are far more likely to become agitated, matts such as the ones Keko had can be very painful when pulling and pinching at their skin. Poor grooming can even prohibit an animal from defecating properly.
We hope to find Keko a home that will welcome her into the family. Keko deserves to be loved for all that she has gone through. Even after extreme hardships such as these, dogs are incredibly resilient and we can’t wait for Keko to start feeling good again! In the meantime please consider making a donation today to help support rescued animals.
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If you witness or suspect any instances of abuse or neglect in the Ventura County area please notify our investigators at (805) 656-5031 or 646-6505. All information is kept confidential.
The Humane Society of Ventura County is a compassionate care shelter and non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and adoption of homeless animals throughout Ventura County.