When Nebraska Humane Society took Ellie Mae in, she was in such rough shape. Her coat was severely matted that she could hardly move or even walk. According to the shelter, the condition of Ellie Mae’s hair was the worst that they had ever seen. However, with how Ellie Mae looks now, it would be hard to tell that she was once in such a dire condition.
After Ellie Mae’s owner passed away, people were sent to clean up the house. Unknown to them, there was still someone residing inside the property. It was Ellie Mae, who, as the shelter described, looked like the animals that are seen by the roadside, weeks after being hit by a car.
Ellie Mae’s rescuers had to put her in a green storage tote when they brought her to the shelter because she could not walk. As soon as she arrived, the rescue center’s medical team immediately sprang into action. It took about an hour for Dr. Amber Horn and the rest of the medical team to remove the pup’s nine pounds of matted hair.
During the painstaking process, the medical team also learned that Ellie Mae’s toenails had grown to about seven inches. They were wrapped in hair, feces, as well as years of grit. After removing all the extra load, the team weighed Ellie Mae, and she was only 11 pounds.
The medical team’s work did not end there, though. They found out that Ellie Mae had an infected foot. She also needed dental work, antibiotics, and surgery for a hernia. It was only after five hours when the medical team finished working on all of Ellie Mae’s problems. After that, she completely transformed.
Ellie Mae immediately went out for a walk. She stumbled a bit, though. Most likely, this was because she had not walked in a long time. Now, Ellie Mae is enjoying exploring around and greeting people with her sweet face. She’s doing so well and, as the shelter said, she looks like a whole new dog.
Credit: Nebraska Humane Society