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Eleven pounds of hair removed from Afghan

AN AFGHAN has undergone a three-hour operation to remove his hair after it became so matted he could barely walk.

Matted AfghanAlfie, who is believed to be between two and four years old, is now almost bald after vets took drastic action to save his health. He was found abandoned and roaming in December.

Shocked RSPCA inspector Rachel Oprysk, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, is highlighting Alfie's case as she couldn't believe the level of neglect the valuable dog had experienced.

She said: "I was horrified at what state he came to us in. He was struggling to walk and cock his leg, because of the weight of his coat, which was caked in faeces. He's probably not been groomed for months - if not years. The extent of the matting is the worst I have ever seen in a dog. The weight of the matting must have been painful, it would have been like having his hair constantly pulled. His skin had been infected from the constant drag and the dirt."

It took four vets nearly three hours to shave and clip over five kilograms (11lbs) of the matted hair while Alfie was under a general anaesthetic.

Thankfully when Alfie came round after the operation on December 19 he had been given a new lease of life and is now recovering at the Animal Home and Clinic in Bradford. The RSPCA is urging his owners to come forward.