It’s not unusual to see garbage bags tossed on the side of the road waiting to be picked up, but one Texas woman knew something wasn’t right when she saw something moving in a garbage bag near her home.
The woman got closer and realized that whatever was inside was still alive, so she tore it open and found an older puppy staring up at her. “A lady said she found her near her house, so she was most likely dumped,” said Leslie Ysuhuaylas, a texas-based volunteer rescuer for Rescue Dogs Rock. “The lady said she was caring for her and that she bathed her, but she was covered in fleas when she was surrendered. She came in a garbage bag that was sticking to her raw skin.”
The puppy named Alexa was suffering from a severe case of Demodex mange, a condition where mites live in a dog’s hair follicles. “Her skin was very, very raw,” Ysuhuaylas said. “Literally anything she would touch would make her skin bleed… This didn’t just happen overnight. This takes months to happen, especially with a severe case like this.”
“Most dogs die when they get mange that severe,” Ysuhuaylas said. But she refused to just give up on Alexa and drove to Dallas to get her to a vet that could provide the intensive care that would be needed to heal her. “She’s a very strong-willed girl. She’s very trusting and she’s enjoying the treatment and care that she’s getting. We’re hoping that once she starts feeling better, she’ll come out of her shell, and start playing and being a regular puppy.”
“She’s doing very well, considering she’s completely hairless and her skin is still very raw to the touch,” said Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock. “Our vet says she’s got an amazing personality and is great with everyone. She likes other dogs and ignores the resident cat.”
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[Featured image: Rescue Dogs Rock]