Once Rusty had been rescued, the extent of his neglect was truly realized. Rusty had bacterial ear infections, a severe flea allergy, ticks, unexplained sores, missing and broken teeth, a bacterial illness called Ehrlichiosis that's transmitted through ticks and a swollen prostate.
"I try and think on the positive side, so what I imagine is because of an ailing human is why his health was/is so poor," Lisa told The Dodo. "He was INFESTED with fleas. I've seen flea problems, but this took the cake. It was unreal."
Lisa and her boyfriend had not planned on taking in another pet - when Rusty arrived, they already had a 13-year-old Chihuahua named Sammy, a 12-year-old Beagle named Lady, a 2-year-old previous stray pup named Charlie, a rescue cat named Prudence and a rescue hamster named Fezzik.