Matt is certainly an offbeat name for a girlydog; she earned her handle because of the tangled mats of knotted hair that covered her entire body. But mats were the least of little Matt’s problems.
“Matt belonged to a squatter whose house is pasted against a wall along Araneta Avenue,” says CARA’s Rebecca Tieng, who discovered the dog in October. She was kept above the ground on an elevated piece of plyboard, tethered by a short metal wire just a foot long. The wire was so tight around Matt’s neck that it dug into her flesh. Two years prior, her owners had acquired Matt as a puppy, then promptly robbed her of every pup’s birthright: To romp and play and sleep where it’s safe. She never knew the comfort of living indoors.