Shelter Seeks Home For Puppy Found With ‘Worst Case’ Of Mange

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.

Interested adopters can email for more info.

(Image MSPCA)


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

Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.

1 comment

  1. Leandra Scaturro says:

    She is absolutely beautiful., even with no hair. I have done rescue for 5 yrs. My husband and I have 2 American bulldogs, both rescued and underwent major surgeries. One almost died and he is now a certified therapy dog. We have a huge love of all bulldog breeds. Our lives are dedicated to our dogs. We put all of our time and energy into their love, care and training. We would love to add this beautiful girl to our family.

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