On February 22, a sickly puppy, suffering with a horrible case of demodectic mange, was rescued by an animal control officer who found her shivering in the cold in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester. The English bulldog mix, dubbed “Sheba,” was transferred to Boston’s MSPCA-Angell shelter and she began to undergo specialized veterinary treatment for the severe skin infection.
Andrea Bessler, a veterinary technician in the clinic that abuts the adoption center, was shocked at her appearance. “In my nearly 11 years of practice I’ve never seen a case of mange this severe—she literally had no fur and was covered in oozing, open wounds,” she said.
Thanks to “breakthrough medical treatment” provided by Dr. Loft, Sheba is well on her way to recovery. Dr. Loft has been treating Sheba for several weeks with a medication called Cytopoint, which he describes as the “holy grail” for the treatment of severe skin infections. “Essentially, the drug creates an artificial antibody that turns off the intense ‘itch signal,’ preventing Sheba from further injuring herself through constant scratching.”
According Bessler, the worst of Sheba’s disease is behind her. Now, the neglected puppy, who was likely abandoned, is nearly ready (sometime in the next several weeks) to be adopted into a new home.
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The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions of individuals who care about animals. Please visit www.mspca.org.