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Animal rescuers treating puppy with 'severe' mange

Posted: July 30, 2008 5:23 p.m.
Updated: September 30, 2008 5:02 a.m.

A mixed-breed puppy has such a bad case of mange that the Hansen Dam lifeguard who found her thought she'd been burned, a local animal rescue worker said.

The staff at New Leash on Life in Placerita Canyon recently took in the 6-month-old Labrador mix after getting a call from the East Valley Animal Shelter in North Hollywood, said Sarah Tascioglu, New Leash's marketing and event coordinator.

Before Maggie May is put up for adoption, Tascioglu said the pooch is need of costly treatments to take care of what she called a "severe" case of mange.

While the skin disorder can start as simple itchiness, Tascioglu said in the case of Maggie May it went untreated for so long that the dog's fur has fallen off and her body is covered with sores.

"Someone let her get like this," she said. "Someone ignored this horrible condition.

"It really does break your heart that people can be so horrible."

While the dog's condition was saddening to the New Leash staff, Tascioglu said Maggie May "was the one wagging her tail.

"She doesn't even know she's ugly."

The pup's treatment will require daily baths and medication, which Tascioglu said will be overseen by a New Leash trainer who is a former veterinarian technician.

"We definitely need money," she said, adding that the treatment will be expensive. "Lots of prayers and good thoughts are good, too."

For information on helping out with Maggie May's treatment or New Leash on Life, call Clare Storey at (661) 255-0097.


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