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She Spotted An Animal In The Road That Was So Badly Matted, She Couldn’t Even Tell What It Was

A woman was driving in Hampton Bays, New York, when she spotted an animal in the road, not moving. She got out of her car and walked over to the animal to see what it was and if she could help. At first, she couldn’t tell what kind of animal it was; not because it was nighttime out, but because it was so severely matted. Once she got close enough, she realized this poor ball of knots was a cat.

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The cat was in desperate need of help. Huge clumps of matted fur hung from her body, which almost looked painful. The woman knew she needed to do something right away for this kitty, so she took her to Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF). When she arrived, staff couldn’t even believe their eyes.

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“She had pounds of added hair. It was the worst matted cat I have ever seen in my seven years with the shelter,” Linda Goldsmith, head of the Advo-Cat program at SASF, said in a press release. “The mats were so bad, she was unable to walk or hardly move.”

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Aside from the matts, the cat, later named Scarlett, was also covered in fleas, ticks and ear mites, and was severely dehydrated and starving. It’s unknown how Scarlett wound up on the streets or how long she’s been alone for, but they believe she is around 15 years old.

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Staffers got to grooming her right away, and the results are amazing! Underneath all of those knots, was a beautiful cat with such loving eyes. She is doing great and is now ready to find her furever home. If you’re interested in adopting Scarlett, click here to check out her adoption page.

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