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Abused Collie Rescued From Rail Yard Needs A Furever Home

By Justin Breen | April 20, 2016 8:22am | Updated on April 22, 2016 1:18pm

CHICAGO — A collie rescued Tuesday by Lincoln Park-based Trio Animal Foundation had matted fur so thick, he could no longer stretch his legs.

The 3-year-old male collie, which the foundation rescued from a Chicago rail yard, has been named Freight. His matted fur has been shaved, removing the burrs, dried feces and urine, twigs, dirt and other things that had accumulated.

"It is hard to believe that as scared as Freight was, he allowed his medical team to aggressively shave him down to relieve his pain. He definitely knew that we were there to help," Trio Animal Foundation president Sue Naiden said. "Freight is a really good dog and it is a real shame that he isn’t microchipped. There is a good chance that his previous owner will never be found."

Freight also has sores over much of his body, including his snout, Naiden said. On Friday, Trio revealed Freight had tested positive for heartworm.

If no one claims the dog, he will be put in the foundation's adoption program.

The foundation has rescued hundreds of dogs, including many with horrific signs of abuse, throughout Chicago.

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