Despite a successful rescue, their challenges were far from over; Nesha was suffering from intense drug addiction and then subsequent withdrawal. “She was very weak and could not walk properly. She was so dependent on the drugs that she would bang her head against the wall if she didn’t get her ‘fix’,” Rezaie said. “She was also very dirty and extremely smelly.”
First, the Nowzad team gave Nesha a nice bath, which instantly made her more happy. “We put Nesha on a rehabilitation program and provided her with … a strong pain reliever, three times a day,” Rezaie said.
Nesha also had several untreated wounds that had become infected. Additionally, her hind legs were extremely weak from muscle wastage and she was unable to walk. “We treated her wounds with antibiotics and gave her bone supplements to help strengthen her legs,” he explained, adding that the team had little hope that Nesha would regain full use of her legs to walk on her own again.