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Dog Mistaken For Pile Of Trash

His rescuers thought at first he was a discarded toy or even a piece of garbage - but on closer inspection they realized it was a little Cavalier King Charles having a seriously ruff time of it.

Found roaming the streets of Montreal last week, the little mut's coat had grown so thick and caked in filth that he was almost unrecognizable as a pedigree dog.

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Picked up by the Quebec Society for the Protection of Animals and given a bath and a very close shave, the dog was transformed from hobo to regal in a matter of moments.

Not garbage: This is the little mutt was found wandering the streets of Montreal and was mistaken for trash by the public before being rescued 8

Not garbage: This is the little mutt was found wandering the streets of Montreal and was mistaken for trash by the public before being rescued


Total mess: The little dog was so covered in fur that it was unrecognizable before his rescuers decided it was time for a hair cut 8

Total mess: The little dog was so covered in fur that it was unrecognizable before his rescuers decided it was time for a hair cut


Slow progress: The shaving procedure continues - slowly revealing the King Charles Cavalier dog underneath 8Slow progress: The shaving procedure continues - slowly revealing the King Charles Cavalier dog underneath 8

Slow progress: The shaving procedure continues - slowly revealing the Cavalier King Charles dog underneath



Don't need that coat anymore: Fur comes off like one giant matted mess 8

Don't need that coat anymore: Fur comes off like one giant matted mess


His rescuers estimated that more than 50-percent of the decrepit animal they were staring at was due to the size of his fur and cutting it off proved to be more difficult than they first imagined.

The poor dog was frightened by the razor - presumably after a life of terrible neglect that had seen him thrown out onto the streets of Quebec's largest city.

After his long-overdue beauty treatment the dog was left to sleep off the stressful haircut - changed from the dog that one passer-by assumed was a pile of trash.

Time for a break: Understandably the process began to frighten the dog as his years worth of hair were removed by the razor 8

Time for a break: Understandably the process began to frighten the dog as his years worth of hair were removed by the razor

Finished article: This is the result of the dogs unbelievable transformation from unsightly mess to cheeky little mutt 8

Finished article: This is the result of the dogs unbelievable transformation from unsightly mess to cheeky little mutt

Nighttime: A well deserved rest what was just what was needed after that arduous but necessary trim 8

Nighttime: A well deserved rest what was just what was needed after that arduous but necessary trim.