Officials say a dog found in an abandoned Long Island house was so matted and the nails so overgrown that the pooch could barely walk.
Suffolk County SPCA chief Roy Gross says the Shih Tzu-type dog was found July 17.
It's not clear how long it had been in the Lindenhurst house. Gross says it may have been dumped there.
Neighbors said the last tenants moved out almost a year ago but it wasn't believed they owned a dog.
The animal was brought to the Babylon Town shelter where workers spent three hours shaving off 4 pounds of matted fur.
The dog was brought to NY Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center in Farmingdale and has to go through extensive physical therapy to learn how to walk correctly again . They are providing this service pro bono.The dog is about 5 or 6 years old and has been named Ziggy.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential.
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