GUELPH, ON (November 14, 2017) – The Guelph Humane Society (GHS) is seeking information from the public after three small poodle-mix dogs were found wandering near 7 Line and Side Rd. 25 in Centre Wellington, during the evening of Monday, November 6th. A GHS Animal Protection Officer discovered all three dogs were suffering from severely matted fur. The dogs were immediately transported to veterinary hospital for treatment.

The three dogs, all female and estimated to be 5years old, are recovering in the care of GHS, while an owner is sought. None of the dogs were wearing any  identification when they were found by a caring citizen. Upon examination and treatment by a veterinarian, it was discovered that the matting was so severe that it causing the dogs a significant amount of pain and discomfort.

The matting was so heavy around their feet and legs that it impeded their ability to walk and move freely. One of the dogs is still walking with difficulty as a result of a shortend ligament and the attending veterinarian suspects that this is a direct result of the matting.

“We are looking for the public’s assistance to help find the owner of these dogs,” says Megan Swan, Ontario SPCA Agent. “Due to the condition in which the dogs were found, we are concerned this could be a case of longterm neglect. This matting would have occurred over months and months.”

If you have any information that could assist in this investigation, please call the Guelph Humane Society at 519-824-3091, 310-SPCA (7722) or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS immediately. The Guelph Humane Society wants to remind the community that if you or someone you know is unable to care for an animal, please call GHS at 519-824-3091 or email The humane society is here to help individuals or families that can no longer care for their pets for any reason.



Guelph Humane Society:

The Guelph Humane Society advocates for all animals, and in particular those animals whose lives we can influence, through care, education, community support, protection, and leadership. Founded in 1893, the Guelph Humane Society provides care and shelter for approximately 3,000 homeless, stray, injured and abused animals each year. GHS is a registered charitable, non-profit organization that does not receive government funding. Visit to discover more.

PHOTO: Photos of the three dogs before receving care, and after, currently in care of GHS

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Media Contact:
Megan Swan, Ontario SPCA Agent
Adrienne McBride, Executive Director
Guelph Humane Society
(519) 824-3091