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The RSPCA is appealing for information after a stray dog was found in Goole with such horribly matted fur no one could tell what breed he was.

The dog, now named Marley, was limping along Gordon Street in Goole on Tuesday 9 March when a member of the public noticed him and contacted the RSPCA.

In addition to having heavily matted fur, Marley was also suffering from a skin condition that left him partially bald in his back legs and which would have caused significant pain. He also had a severe ear infection in both ears.

RSPCA inspector Alice Cooper said, “Poor Marley was in a very poor state when he was found by a member of the public in Goole. Since then he has been receiving much-needed veterinary treatment and care and looks like a completely different dog now!

“His true self has now been revealed and he is more likely to be a Bichon Frise type dog, but due to his matted fur it had been impossible to tell before!

“We are now appealing for information to try and find out how Marley came to be in this poor state. He is microchipped but unfortunately the details on his chip are not up-to-date. He is registered as Marley on his microchip so at the moment that’s all we know about this little guy.

“We’d urge anyone who recognises this dog, or anyone who has any further information to please contact us on our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

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