Don’t let your puppy suffer like Hope, Wisbech animal rescue charity pleads

Hope is suffering from Demodex Mange

Hope is suffering from Demodex Mange - Credit: Archant

A WISBECH rescue charity is asking owners to get treatment for their dogs after a neglected puppy came into their care last week.

Hope is suffering from Demodex Mange

Hope is suffering from Demodex Mange - Credit: Archant

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue was alerted to the plight of Hope, a six month old puppy, by a concerned dog warden.

Hope is suffering from Demodex Mange

Hope is suffering from Demodex Mange - Credit: Archant

Hope is suffering from Demodex Mange, a skin condition caused by parasitic mites.

Hope is suffering from Demodex Mange

Hope is suffering from Demodex Mange - Credit: Archant

But, instead of receiving treatment straight away which would have sorted out the problem, Hope was left to suffer and her condition deteriorated.

She will now need four to five months of intensive treatment before a new owner can be found.


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Chris Clark, chairperson & rescue coordinator at Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue, said: “We received a phone call from a dog warden we work with asking to take her.

“She’s just a baby and this has been going on for a long time. Had she got treatment at the beginning she would have been sorted.

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“But now it is going to take four or five months of treatment before we can even consider finding a new home for her.

“She will need to be bathed every two days, have lotion rubbed into her skin every day, wear a baby grow to stop her from scratching her skin and take antibiotics to fight her infection as well as other medications to help cure her skin problem.

“If the owner had paid for treatment at beginning, in the form of advocate pippets which cost £35, the problem could have been sorted. But they left her to suffer.”

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue looks after Staffords which have been abused, neglected, abandoned or are simply unwanted.

The charity often receives dogs in very poor condition and nurses them back to good health before finding them loving owners.

Mrs Clark said: “I would like to say to people don’t let your dog get into this condition. Treatment is available at a reasonable cost to prevent it.”

All the Rescue’s dogs are spayed, vaccinated, neutered and micro-chipped.

To find out more about Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue visit: http://www.sbtrescue.co.uk

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