If animals could talk, it's a shaggy dog tale that Fairfax County Animal Control Officers would like to hear.
Instead, they are trying to solve a mystery by sharing some before and after pictures of a male Bichon Frise found running loose Tuesday near Rolling Road and Delong Drive in the Springfield area.
Residents helped capture the dog, it's fur thick and matted. Next stop: A vet where he was treated for several ailments.
Animal Control officers think the pup is about 3 years old. They'd like to hear from the dog's owner or anyone who recognizes him now that he's had his makeover.
He's described as lovable, but afraid.
And here's what he looked like when he was found: