A pitbull puppy was found by a concerned member of the public wandering the streets with wounds all over its body. The dog, who has been named Morena, was taken by the good samaritan to a local rescue centre where she made a miraculous recovery.
The five-and-a-half-month-old puppy was suffering from a severe case of demodectic mange – an inflammatory skin condition caused by microscopic mites.
She had open sores and scabs all over her body and was almost blind with her eyes matted shut from the infection.
The concerned member of the public found Morena wandering the streets and called the Shaw Pit Bull Rescue centre in Columbus, Mississippi, which is run by Aimee Shaw, 52, and Kenneth Shaw, 52,
The couple’s rescue centre was full but after they saw photos of the badly injured pup, they made room and later named her Morena.
Aimee said: “[The good samaritan] stated the dog had wounds all over her body, and eyes were matted shut.
“We were full, but after seeing her photos, we quickly made room and asked the rescuer to meet us at our vet with the dog.”
She said Morena had gone untreated for so long that she had bacterial and yeast infections, as well as open sores all over her tiny body.
“She weighed in at only 24 pounds and for the first several days, she was too weak for actual medications to help her condition,” Aimee added.
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The pup was given medical baths every other day and daily eye drops to help her infected and swollen eyes.
Aimee said: “We weren’t sure if she would be blind or able to see.
“It took about a week before she could fully open her eyes and was well enough to begin the strong antibiotics to help her skin.
“As well as the medical baths she also had to wear doggie sweaters and pyjamas to keep her warm since her hair was so patchy.”
Despite the suffering she has endured, Aimee said Morena has “never once showed anything but absolute joy to be around people, other dogs, just anybody at all”.
Once recovered, Morena was adopted in August 2020 but was found wandering the streets again shortly after.
Aimee said: “She fell back into kennel life like she’d never left – and is the same sweet, goofy girl from two years ago. She loves to play with other dogs, people, and loves attention and petting.”
Despite enjoying her life at the centre, Morena is eagerly awaiting her forever home. Anyone looking to adopt her can contact Shaw Pit Bull Rescue Inc.