By MARGIE NETZEL - firstname.lastname@example.org
NORTH KINGSVILLE —
The skinny dog choked on the rope holding him to a green Dumpster. People came and went, unsure of the hairless creature’s temperament. After awhile, people knew something had to be done — a dog can’t live tied to the garbage can.
Palone — a dog of yet-to-be-determined breed — is under intense skin therapy after he was found tied to a Dumpster at the Austin Manor Mobile Estates Park in Geneva Township. Palone is mostly hairless, his fur gone due to sarcoptic mange.
“They tied him to the Dumpster like he was trash,” Ashtabula County Animal Protective League animal advocate Tammy Dondorfer said. “Thank goodness the park manager did the right thing and called the dog warden.”
Caused by mites and highly contagious, sarcoptic mange is difficult to treat and contain in the shelter environment. The condition also compromises an animals’ immune system.
“Palone has the worst case of sarcoptic mange our vet has ever seen,” Dondorfer said. “This isn’t something that hap-
pened overnight — it took a long, long time for him to get this way and now it is going to take awhile to get all that hair back.”
Shelter workers are intrigued by the scrawny, unneutered dog.
“We can’t even really say how old he is, or what breed he is,” Dondorfer said. “We know he has some red hair, but all the rest of his hair is gone. He has a curled tail, so maybe he has some chow in him. His teeth look good, but he has a gray muzzle. We don’t know why he was tied to that Dumpster and we don’t know how long he was there. He is a mystery.”
Palone is friendly, Dondorfer said, and responding well to treatment. She isn’t sure how much of his hair will grow back, but he gets twice-weekly medicated baths to treat the mange and is out of the contagious stage of the skin condition. He will he kept at the shelter for several more weeks to be heartworm tested, neutered, and to continue medicated skin treatments.
“He loves to go outside, so we aren’t sure how much time, if any, he has spent indoors,” she said. “But he is very friendly and loves people. He has a great personality. Palone will make a full recovery and he will make a wonderful pet for someone.”
The cost of Palone’s treatments is about $300, though volunteers are still needed to help give him those baths, Dondorfer said. Palone had a way of clearing out a room — because of the highly contagious status of his skin, the cages around his could not be occupied, leaving the shelter short on cage space.
The shelter has had a rush of special needs cases in the last two weeks. Papaya the kitten came in with a severe eye infection. Her eye had to be surgically removed and she is on antibiotics. When her treatment is through, the tiny striped kitten will be available for adoption.
Penelope the cat is another special case. She was found with a flea collar stuck around her neck and under her leg. The collar must have been like that for a long while, Dondorfer said, as it caused a massive infection.
“Our technicians from PetFix mobile spay and neuter saw Penelope and they offered to clean the wound, which was truly bad beyond words,” Dondorfer said. “She will be on antibiotics for awhile. This wound was not pretty.”
The shelter is accepting donations to help offset the cost of veterinary care for these animals. To make a donation, send checks, payable to APL, to 5970 Green Road, Ashtabula, 44004. A PayPal link to donate is available at www.acapl.org.