Woman let her neglected pet's fur become so matted vets couldn't identify she was a dog

A WOMAN let her neglected pet's fur become so matted vets couldn't identify that she was a dog.

Abbey, a crossbreed, was taken to the vets for cremation after she died – but her matted state made it impossible to see what kind of animal she was.

Owner Emily Louise Fiel, 54, neglected Abbey so badly that 90 per cent of her fur was matted.

Her legs, described as being "as thick as tree trunks," were only identifiable from an overgrown claw, while pus seeped from one of her hind legs.

It meant Abbey, who couldn't pass any urine or faeces through her coat, was forced to lie in her own bodily fluids before she died.

Friel, from Ayrshire in Scotland, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court.

She was handed a five year ban from keeping dogs and a £500 fine on September 29.


Scottish SPCA chief inspector Laura McIntyre said: "We received a report from a vet after Friel presented Abbey at the veterinary surgery for cremation after she had passed away.

"The dog's body had been folded into a large cardboard box. It was not immediately apparent upon opening the box that the animal was a dog, as 90 percent of the body's fur was extremely matted.

"Abbey's legs were as thick as tree trunks and there was pus seeping from one of her hind legs.

"The legs were only identifiable from one single over grown claw sticking out through the matting, her entire paws and pads were completely covered in matting and what appeared to be faeces.

"The rear end of the dog was also severely matted and she would have been unable to pass any urine or faeces through the matting meaning that any waste being passed would be absorbed directly into her coat, in turn, forcing her to lie in her own excreta.

"Abbey was also in extremely poor body condition and very underweight for her size and breed type.

"This type of extreme matting would not have happened overnight and it's sadly likely that Abbey would have been suffering for some time in this awful state."

Of Friel's sentence, she added: "We're glad that Friel has been given this ban and hope she seriously reconsiders her ability to care for any animal in future."

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