It’s amazing how fast the fortunes can change for a young puppy. A small female puppy was found wandering the streets of Chicago and brought into Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC). This poor girl was in horrible shape with her skin dry and covered in scabs thanks to a severe case of mange. Her future didn’t look so bright.
“This is one of the worst cases I’ve ever seen,” says Kathleen Budrean, foster coordinator for Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control (FCACC). “The non-contagious mange was so bad; she had just a few small patches of fur and was covered in scabs and dry skin. It’s so hard to believe that someone neglected their pet and let this condition get this far out of control, then just let her loose on the streets.”
The call went out quickly for help from FCACC, the non-profit organization that raises funds for CACC and operates an independent foster care and adoption program. Almost immediately, Anna Frank stepped in to help the dog, now called Lilly. The veterinarian handling the case thinks Lilly may be a lab and is around three months old. The dog is now being treated and cared for in Frank’s home. It will take Lilly around four months to recover if she Lilly responds well to her treatment.
“It breaks my heart to look at her now, the discomfort she in, so sensitive to the touch. All because of whoever had her before let her get into this condition and set her free on the cold streets of Chicago,” says Frank. “I can not believe people can be so heartless and see a dog/puppy in this condition and not do a thing about it other then to let her roam all alone.”
Lilly is being treated orally with ivermectin and medicated dips once a week to help battle the demodex mange and bacterial skin infection. The dips help kill off the mites on her skin, which causes the skin to look the way it is. On top of the skin conditions, she is on antibiotics to battle an upper respiratory infection and kennel cough. According to Frank, all dogs have these mites on their hair follicles, and when stressed, not fed properly or mistreated these mites to work and cause breakouts. Puppies on this treatment need to be watched so that the ivermectin doesn’t cause any neurological problems.
“Lilly has a long road ahead of her to recover, but I’ve already seen some progress in the first week,” adds Frank. “Her skin is not as inflamed and I’m seeing some hair growth – very little, but it’s some progress.”
All medical bills are being covered by FCACC and this is where the organization needs some assistance. FCACC has set up a ChipIn account to help pay for Lilly’s medical bills. Frank adds that she also needs blankets and towels because she needs to change Lilly’s bedding twice a day because Lilly smells horrible and Frank doesn’t want the dog to have to sleep in the stench. She recommends dropping donations of towels, blankets, toys and other items at CACC for Lilly and other animals that may need them.
“As disheartening as this story has been, what has been good is to see how compassionate, patient, loving and nurturing so many others can be in accepting these strangers (animals in need of foster care) into our homes,” says Budrean. “Often the animals are taken in sight unseen, knowing that they will pee and poo on the floor, chew bedding and require all kinds of patience to trust us. Or it could require months of going back and forth to the vet until these animals are healthy again. It’s not easy, but watching the transformation of these babies is worth it.”
Lilly is the 385th animal FCACC has rescued in 2011. Learn more about FCACC online or follow them on Facebook. Donations may also be dropped off at Chicago Animal Care and Control at 2741 S. Western Avenue in Chicago.
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