As I discussed in Chico's story in Part 1 of 3 Disregarded Dogs, Rising Above, animal abuse and neglect is prevalent throughout the United States, from small towns, big cities, and middle class neighborhoods. The subject of abuse and neglect is incredibly tragic and difficult to discuss. However, if our hope is to someday end animal abuse, then bringing that hope to reality requires us to face this tough subject matter head on. Look at it, and learn from it.
Our society has created the most over-bred dog in recent years, the pit bull. Out of 600 pit bulls that enter into various shelters, only 1 will be adopted. The thought of 599 out 600 dogs never making it out of shelters is shocking and heartbreaking. Recently, I had the opportunity to meet one lucky dog. Hockey is the 1 out of 600 dogs that made his way from Chicago Animal Control into Illinois Doberman Rescue (Plus). Prior to being adopted, 9 month old Hockey, has experienced pain, and turmoil that no living creature should have to endure. Hockey was placed in a high risk home that couldn't take care of him. Due to neglect, Hockey did not receive the veterinarian care he needed, became severely malnourished, underweight, developed large open sores, and demodectic mange.
Although mange can be debilitating to a dog it is not normally contagious from dog to dog. In fact, all dogs carry the tiny mite, demodex canis, that can cause mange. The mite only becomes a problem when a dog's immune system is compromised and the mite is able to increase in numbers there by overrunning the dog's defense system. It's unknown how Hockey developed the swollen open sore on his front leg. It could have been an injury, or the sore could been a consequence of neglect compiled with Hockey's weakend immune system.
Hockey pictured shortly after he arrived at Chicago Animal Control
Hockey shortly after coming to IDR+
Hockey available for adoption as soon as he is healthy through
You can see the swollen open sore on puppy Hockey's front leg