At the Animal Friends of the Valley shelter in Wildomar, California, surprises keep coming and during the night of the 13th of Friday they had quite a big one when someone left two dogs there. One of them had mange that was so severe her skin turned pink and her brother was just also suffering from the disease.
As the person who left them there didn’t bother to give any information the staff had to take everything from scratch as if they were stray dogs and thus they decided to call the siblings Asia and Artie. Asia looked like a pink dalmatian but both of them are actually boxers. Obviously the two were looking very depressed and the veterinaries on duty remember that they felt sad for Artie and Asia but they found hope in the fact that they could do some good for them.
“I felt so badly for Artie and Asia when I first saw them. But I was encouraged by the fact that we would be able to start helping them.” said the veterinary technician Jennifer Glover. She was the first person to see the abandoned dogs in the morning and she couldn’t believe her eyes. It is difficult for us to imagine what the dogs did to deserve such a harsh treatment of neglect.
The dogs felt quite bad when they arrived, which is to no one’s surprise, but still were docile enough and trying to interact with the staff around them. “Within just one day of having someone care for them here, they were so much happier and more outgoing.”
Asia is only ten months old and Artie is 2 years old. The disease they had is called demodex mange and it is caused by small mites which attack the skin. This leads to hair loss and is quite painful but it can be treated through medicated shampoo and some pills to ease the pain. The sad thing is that this isn’t the only problem the vets discovered as Asia seems to have some heart irregularities that will require further investigation and Artie will need some eye surgery after getting rid of the current problems.
Once they got used to the new environment and the symptoms were alleviated, the two dogs became very playful and happy, seeming to leave everything they went through behind them. Now the shelter is looking for a new home for the two pups and Last Chance at Life will be the way they will find it.
Apparently a family already showed interest in meeting them and we wish them all the best in the world. Hopefully they will find a family which can appreciate them more and that way they can put the difficult times they had behind them.