The RSPCA is hunting for the owner of a dog found wandering the streets of South Yorkshire with matted fur infested with maggots.
Inspectors at the animal charity said the Westie-type dog was found in Goldthorpe with an overgrown, dirty coat which was so matted that dreadlocks had formed around his paws and behind.
They said he is now unrecognisable after being washed and having his coat trimmed.
RSPCA inspector Sara Jordan said: “The poor chap’s coat was ridiculously tangled and dirty. He seems to have been well fed, but his fur was in a terrible state. There were even maggots in some of the dreadlocks, but thankfully they hadn’t spread to the dog’s actual body.
“To see him now, he’s almost unrecognisable to how he looked when I first saw him.”
The dog, believed to be around six years old, was found by a member of the public on Hope Avenue on Sunday, July 27.
Inspector Jordan added: “I scanned him for a microchip, but there was no form of identification. He was wearing a navy blue fake leather collar with a buckle on it, but there was no tag on it and even that had been covered by the dog’s overgrown coat.
“You couldn’t even see his eyes because his hair was so long and shaggy. There is such an incredible difference between the pictures of him before and after that it is hard to believe it is the same dog.
“To have been in the state he was though, he must have been left living in his own filth for several months, and that’s why we are asking anyone who knows who this dog belongs to contact us.”