We were called out to Pyle to pick up a little stray dog found in a distressing condition. We were horrified when we reached her. She was the sweetest little chocolate Patterdale, but was very shut down and shaking with shock and fear. She was covered in weeping and bleeding sores which looked horribly infected. Her coat was a mass of sticky and tangled fur, and her eyes were also infected. This didn't happen overnight and it is clear she has been suffering for a while. Despite her pain she still wagged her tail as we gently scooped her up and rushed her to the vets. We named her Wispa.
She stayed in at the vets for urgent treatment overnight whilst they carried out tests. She had an extreme case of lice which had caused her to continually bite herself as well as having infected eyes and ears.Wispa, who is thought to be two years old, was taken back to the centre where she is in quarantine while she receives daily baths and treatment for her ears and eyes.
Founder of Hope Rescue, Vanessa Waddon, is appealing for information to try and find out what happened to Wispa: "This didn’t happen overnight and poor Wispa would have been suffering for some time. We have never seen a dog with such an extreme case of lice.
“It is fairly uncommon and is usually seen in poorly nourished dogs and those keep in unsanitary conditions. Our main concern is that there may be other animals living in a poor environment that also need help.”
We are appealing for any information that will help us to identify her owner and how she came to be in such a pitiful state. Please ring the centre in confidence on 01443 226659.
Wispa is just one of many dogs in our care who need critical vet treatment at the moment. If you are able, please consider donating to our 'Healthy Hounds' vet fund at https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/hoperescue/healthyhounds or text HRHH98 followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070
Your donation will allow us to continue to say 'Yes' when a dog needs urgent vet care.