When animal rescuers in Japan were called out to an unusual creature that had been spotted roaming the streets, they had no idea what to expect.

However when they arrived, nothing could have prepared them for what they saw.

The team had seen some bad cases of neglect, but nothing as severe as what they had in front of them – the animals had been so mistreated, they thad no idea what species it was, as all they could see was four legs and a body that was unrecognisable due to the sheer amount of matted hair.

Despite the species, the team knew they had to help, so they set to work.

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It was clear to see that the animal had been subject to neglect and mistreatment. It had apparently been someone’s pet, but whoever was supposed to be in charge of caring for the animal had clearly ignored it for a very long time, eventually leaving it to fend for itself.