When Detroit Dog Rescue heard from animal control about six dogs desperate for rehabilitation, they didn’t anticipate how much pain the precious pups would be in. Not only were they all suffering from dangerously high fevers, but they had such bad cases of mange that all of their fur had fallen out, leaving their raw pink infected skin exposed.
It was so bad, in fact, that the puppies skin was actually peeling off. DDR’s executive director, Kristina Rinaldi told The Dodo that it was the worst case of mange she had ever seen in her life.
The rescue team raced the puppies (who were found in an abandoned Detroit house) to a veterinarian but sadly for two of them, it wasn’t soon enough and they passed away. The remaining four – Wilbur, Petunia, Pinkie and Arthur – clung to what seemed like impossible odds.
But after 12 weeks of boarding for intensive medical treatments, something miraculous occurred and they began to improve. In order to protect their still delicate skin, they were dressed in baby onesies for about four months, which made for some adorable pictures.
At the eight-month mark, their fur began to grow back in and they were on the mend. Four families promptly adopted them, including one of DDR’s own volunteers Beth English.
Now that they found their forever families, there’s still more work to be done for DDR to find more homes for new rescues. If you’d like to donate to this organization, visit here.
Six Puppies Were Left To Die In An Abandoned Detroit House
They Had Such A Bad Case Of Mange That Their Skin Was Falling Off
Two Of The Puppies Died Before Making It To The Vet
The Puppies Fought Enormous Odds
But They Held On