January 21, 2016
Our hearts ached for this sweet girl when she was surrendered to the Animal Welfare League in Port Charlotte. No hair, swollen, infected feet and not an inch of skin that wasn’t scabbed or bleeding. We couldn’t even tell what color her fur had been. The Intake staff wasn’t sure she could be saved or that it would be fair to put her through the long and painful recovery process. But this girl’s spirit is strong and she made it clear that she would like a second chance.
Animals must be held for five days before they become the property of Animal Welfare League but this girl couldn’t wait that long to start treatment. Animal Control was called and they took her to Doctors Kingsbury and Winter at Punta Gorda Animal Hospital for evaluation. As suspected, she was diagnosed with severe demodectic mange. While common, left untreated, the dog’s immune system is weakened and they will die from secondary infections. The doctors started her on antibiotics and something for the severe itching and sent her back to AWL.
She was named Victoree and went home that night with a staff member where she is continuing her treatments. We’ll keep you posted on her progress on Facebook and on this website page.