This Poor Dog Deserved Better
This was an appeal from a concerned animal lover sent on 11-16-08. Look at the photos of this abandoned animal. Are they not horrific! His body is ravaged by mange.
Mange is caused by microscopic mites that reproduce rapidly in the dog’s hair follicle causing mild irritation, hair loss, severe inflammation to possibly a life threatening condition, due to an impaired immune system, intense stress and/or malnutrition. Just by looking at those pictures, one can imagine the pain this dog was enduring. In extreme cases, mange is very itchy as is demonstrated from the bleeding from scratching himself raw. He probably also suffered from deep skin infections secondary to the clawing. He was unable to see because of the swelling to his face and the itching, burning around his eyes. Imagine how frightened he must have been – new surroundings which appear rather spartan, the sense of loss he must have experienced, new odors, the loud communication of other dogs, the inability to lie comfortably because of the great discomfort from his poor health.
There are two types of mange, one demodectic which is not contagious and sarcoptic which is. Treatment is fairly easy for both conditions which generally resolve within a month. By performing a skin scraping, a veterinarian will diagnose which type of mange the dog suffers from and will personalize the treatment.
The often asked question “Can someone help this dog?”. Shelters are full with such stories. Dogs, like this one, are either owner surrenders or found deserted. This is an everyday occurrence multiplied several folds. This innocent victim was either someone’s pet at one time or a statistic of a birth that could have been prevented through sterilization of the mother, and the dad.
It was my hope someone would rescue this creature and give him the care that he required with the love that he most needed. It is with sadness that I have to announce that this sweet dog died on 11-17-08. His death could easily have been avoided through responsible pet ownership. There was something most moving about him that touched many people’s hearts. Unfortunately, he was too tired to keep fighting the odds and his time ran out.