I'm at my wits end with a family at the local dog park, we have a great environment there, everyone gets on, knows each other by names, keeps an eye on their dog, no fights, etc.
This family has a short haired dog and a few months ago they got a very long haired Maltese cross, which is probably about 8 months old. This dog very badly needs a groom/trim, the hair is so long and starting to mat around her eyes, she can't see, her feet are so matted she can't walk, she has to hop everywhere, not to mention a lot more matting throughout her body.
I've spoken to this family numerous times and they refuse to clip this dog because "god made her this way so we're not changing it"... Now, I'm as atheist as they come so this annoys me anyway but how can you change someone's mind when they are so convinced that they can't 'alter' their pet... I guess that means they probably won't desex either... Hope they worm and vaccinate!
I tried explaining to them that they cut and brush their own hair, and the dog is no different but apparently "god gave us the intelligence to alter ourselves, but no other being" or something like that, it's just insanely frustrating!
I'm not sure if the RSPCA will do anything about it as she seems to have all her other needs met but it feels like it is the only option I have left... This dog NEEDS a trim and this man NEEDS a reality check!