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.

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6 Responses to “This Poor Dog Deserved Better”

  1. I am angry and heart broken all at the same time.

  2. Monique,
    This was too sad for me. I thought it was going to have a happy ending.

  3. this is horrible what some sick people do to poor animals!!!

  4. This is just horrible, horrible, horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am a big animal lover and cannot believe something like this can happen to an animal. I know it happens everyday out there soooooooooooo sad. People if we are going to get pets lets give them the care and love they need. If you dont have the time and finances to care for a pet then dont get one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Little guy may you rest in peace, So sad, lisa in kansas city

  5. i think this is so sad that people would let there animals get that bad of a state :( awhh bless

  6. I think that the owner of this dog should be arrested for letting his dog get into this horrible state unless it was abandoned and then I think that the owner should get fined because you have got to take great care of your pet and not abuse it because then it gets all scared and lonely so I absolutely think that is NOT OKAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! well with me diffidently I am a huge animal lover!!!!!

    love grace

    P.S. If you find that animal abuser either fine them or send them to jail for 9 million years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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