Lost. Abandoned. Discarded. Regardless of how a beautiful black and white Staffordshire Terrier puppy wound up homeless, she was in desperate need of urgent medical attention when she was rescued. Luckily for her, two local rescue groups were able to join forces and provide her with the second chance at life she so desperately deserved.
Stella, as she was later named, was originally rescued by Brooklyn New Hope, a placement department inside New York City's Animal Care & Control, when she was brought in as a stray. Not only was she homeless and alone, she was suffering from a severe case of Demodex mange, a painful skin condition caused by tiny mites that live inside the hair follicles. From there, she was transported to North Shore Animal League America's Port Washington, N.Y. campus where she'd be treated for her condition and receive superb medical attention from our top-notch veterinarians and medical staff. The teamwork of Brooklyn New Hope and Animal League America to rescue this helpless pup and provide her with everything she would need to start her life as a happy, healthy Mutt-i-gree.
Demodex mange can be common in young dogs and fairly easy to treat, but Stella's case was particularly severe because it was left untreated for so long. The lack of immediate medical attention caused her to lose almost all of her coat and left her suffering from painful lesions and inflammation all over her tiny body by the time she arrived at Animal League America. Her silky black and white coat completely stripped of its puppy luster and replaced with painful sores, leaving her body burning up, so much so that it was actually hot to the touch. Stella was in desperate need of urgent care, and the world's largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization was there to rehabilitate her and ensure that she'd never have endure such pain and neglect again.
"She was so scared and timid when she came in and her skin just left her in absolute discomfort. To alleviate her from that was a total team effort from our veterinary staff, technicians, groomers, volunteers and kennel staff. They should all take pride in a job well done," said Animal League American Veterinarian, Dr. Laheney.
Within two months, Stella's wounds were almost completely healed and her coat was growing in nicely under the watchful eyes of the Animal League America medical team. In fact, Stella was doing so well she made it a point to it forward. Due to her playful and outgoing personality that began to flourish as her condition improved, Stella helped our Pet Behavior Team socialize another pup, named Amelia, who was very fearful. The two quickly formed a strong bond, sharing a room together with plenty of toys and comfy spots to curl up and relax. The camaraderie between the two pups helped both of them develop the confidence and socialization skills necessary to become highly adoptable Animal League America Mutt-i-grees.
"What I found most heartwarming and satisfying was to see Stella become more playful and energetic, well socialized. To look back on the condition she was in when she arrived compared to how she looks and acts now, it's very gratifying to all of us," Dr. Laheney said.