Green Cove Springs, Florida – There’s so much misery out there surrounding the plight of homeless and unwanted animals. One sad story came to me on September 20 about a mangy little puppy that was dumped, in a box, and riddled with mange. See link: Unhappy sign of our times. For once, there is a happy ending.
Christine Holly, the kind-hearted advocate who has been fostering this little wonder, now known as “Prudence”, has updated me.
I’d love to share this story. Her name is Prudence and she is currently spoiled rotten and recovering quite well. She is playfully terrorizing my adoring Chihuahua! They are pretty much best buds. Prudence was discovered on a sidewalk in our neighborhood. I brought her home and my husband was initially freaked out about how she looked [with the mange]. He didn’t want our animals catching it.
Holly went on to say that it was strongly suggested that Prudence needed to go. Holly was determined not to send the puppy to the Clay County Animal Control as she surely would have met an untimely end, especially in her condition. So, she posted a plea for help on Craig’s list and her story went viral, but initially no response and no help came.
I had many calls and emails. Some inquiries were sweet with offers of help, some of these people will now become lifelong friends. Then there was a couple cursing me out from one end to the other because they were misinformed about details.
Eventually, her husband gave in and Prudence visited with Veterinarian Dr. Herrington at Russell Road Animal Clinic who determined that the poor little puppy had a bad case of demodectic mange, which is not contagious.
My husband made me promise that we would not keep her as our sixth pet if he agreed to help save her, but he’s getting attached. She initially stayed at the vet for a week. I brought her in Monday and picked her up on Friday. She has demodectic mange (not contagious) but due to the severity, she had a really bad infection too.
Holly went on to say that the puppy’s body was totally swollen due to her infection, making it unclear what type of dog she is.
Apparently she’s a type of hound mix. Brindle from the hair that’s starting to grow back. She’s had two treatments and four more to go. She had no other health issues, except tape worms. I had her fully checked out, shots, and microchipped in the hopes that she is never lost again. My wonderful vet is going to discount me to board her while I am out of town for a month and she will be in great care.
Holly is grateful for the support she has received from advocates and her vet, and thinks they may have found the puppy a permanent home. Perhaps her final statement says it best:
Prudence is a beautiful sweetheart. How can you not fall in love with those eyes? I am grateful to all that have responded and to my husband for having such a big heart to help take care of her.
Please see the attached slideshow for more photos of Prudence.
If you’d like to contact Ms. Holly about the possibility of adopting Prudence, please email her: email@example.com. As stated, Holly thinks they may have found a home for the sweet dog.
Personally, I’m grateful to and for Ms. Christine Holly and her wonderful, giving, loving and caring nature, and for naming the puppy “Prudence” which is one of the four Cardinal virtues. Ms. Holly, you are a virtue all on your own. Thank you for all that you do.
Happy Tails, Prudence!
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“I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.” -Mahatma Gandhi