Pierre "the pup" was sporting a body-length coat of dreadlocks when he and some other animals were given to the Humane Society of North Texas on Tuesday.
But it wasn't that cool or fashionable.
Pierre and the other animals were suffering from myriad health problems brought on by neglect.
"They were surrendered to us in this condition. It's horrific," said Cassie Lackey a spokeswoman for the humane society. "These animals have limited mobility from the matting. They clearly have been neglected for years yet remain sweet-spirited and thankful we're helping."
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Based on Pierre's condition, humane society officials have been unable to identify his exact breed, but they think he's a Poodle and about 4 years old.
"He's been severely neglected, and by severely we mean years of neglect," Lackey said. "He's in agony from the weight of his dreadlocks being weighed down by dirt, feces and urine."
The animals will need hours of grooming and ongoing medical care from unknown skin conditions, Lackey said. And there remain general health concerns because of the weight of the matted fur.
But a PetSmart in north Fort Worth stepped up and donated its grooming services on Wednesday morning. Workers removed 5 pounds of matted fur from Pierre after hours of careful grooming, Lackey said.
"Grooming is a process with them in the state they are in. You don't just shave them down," Lackey said. "It's sectioned out and carefully done as to not cause the animal more suffering. The underlying issues are skin. We have no idea what is growing under the fur."
The humane society also raised nearly $4,000 to go toward Pierre's care since it posted his photo on Facebook.
"We rely on the donations of our supporters in the North Texas community to continue our lifesaving work," Lackey said. "He'll be transported back to our clinic for a final exam on his overall health and wellness."