A guy in Earlton, New York, unlocked his front door to discover an unexpected guest on a chilly January night. The man had no clue where the thin, hairless puppy had come from as she shivered in the chilly air.
A representative for the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA posted on Facebook that it looked the dog had been dropped by the side of the road and abandoned. It was a chilly night, so it was thought that she came to the door in search of warmth and food.
When the police arrived, the man brought the dog inside and they took her to the shelter. The moment the employees saw the dog, who had been given the name Penny, their hearts ached.
Ron Perez, president of the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA, told The Dodo that “she was in horrible shape.” She was almost completely hairless and had several open wounds on her face and neck. It was gloomy. It makes me sad to see them in this condition.
Demodex mange, a severe skin illness brought on by mites burrowing into a dog’s skin, was discovered to be Penny’s condition.
According to Chris Reeder, a board-certified veterinarian at BluePearl Veterinary Hospital in Franklin, Tennessee, demodex mange can be fatal if left untreated. In general, he continued, “it’s more crippling than lethal, but in some circumstances it may be.”
While Penny had managed to survive, the mange had severely compromised her health; she had lost the majority of her fur and was left with dry, flaking skin that had developed an infection and developed scabs.
She would scrape her body, which would become infected and cause additional bleeding, according to Perez.
But because to medical attention and a lot of tender love, Penny recovered more swiftly than anybody had anticipated. Within a week, Perez claimed, “she looked like a different dog.” The veterinarian was pleasantly surprised by her recuperation.
The weeks passed, and Penny continued to improve. She no longer has any mange, but Perez warned that her hair could never fully regrow.
Her stress levels are obviously lot lower today since she is connecting with others, eating properly, and getting enough sleep, according to Perez, who called her a “true warrior” and “extremely resilient.”
The Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA has been collaborating with the local police to track down the person who abandoned Penny while she has been recuperating. Within 24 hours, Penny’s previous owner was discovered, and authorities detained him on suspicion of animal cruelty. The previous owner may be sentenced to jail time and a $1,000 fine if found guilty.
All parties involved in Penny’s case are happy that justice may be done, but they couldn’t be happier for the couple who just adopted Penny.
Perez stated, “We had several applications to adopt her. But these two people make excellent pet owners. They took things carefully and paid her a visit a few times every week. Everyone got along fantastically even when they brought their pets inside. I’d like to believe that this is her final residence.
The shelter team is overjoyed that Penny will depart on Saturday to begin her new life.
She’s just a nice dog, said Perez. “There isn’t a mean bone in her body, honestly. She’s an adorable sweetie and will make a wonderful pet.