Rescue workers immediately recognized signs that Phoenix was a castoff from a backyard breeding operation — the price tag nobody sees when they buy a “designer” puppy, Knight noted.
“She was a little mama who spent her life in a cage, neglected and unloved,” Knight explained. “She did not know how to be a dog, was not socialized on how to live in a home or the world, and not house-trained.”
When Phoenix tested negative for scabies and mange, the veterinarian realized that her myriad of health issues were caused by allergies. She was started on antibiotics, steroids, medicated baths and foot soaks, and antihistamines, to treat her inflamed skin — and immediately she began to heal.