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In South Africa, a welfare organization respected as the pioneer of community based primary veterinary services, were shocked at the condition of an “unwanted” dog on Friday morning.

Community Led Animal Welfare (CLAW) posted disturbing photos of a rescued dog suffering from tick fever and covered in thousands of ticks. Many of the communities where CLAW works suffer from extreme poverty and do not have access to veterinary care. A Facebook post described the emergency situation:

“Just in. Unwanted and collected by our team. We are all in tears, but Dr. Marike has treated her and put her on a drip. Yes, these are ticks and yes, she is positive for tick bite fever. We have to wait for the ticks to fall off; otherwise she will bleed terribly and she is already anemic…”

As to  the owner, the organization stated the dog, dubbed Belle, was seized as an “emergency call” and next week the owners will be held accountable. It is against the law to allow any animal to become infected with so many parasites. Fortunately the ticks are now falling off after Belle was sprayed and treated with appropriate treatment. Early Saturday morning, her picture was posted, and although Belle still is shedding ticks, her condition seems much improved.claw-4

For anyone interested in visiting the organization or Belle, the facility is located on the West Rand of Gauteng, South Africa. Belle is in the veterinary clinic which is staffed by two veterinarians and vet techs and other support staff.

For those who wish to donate, the organization’s banking information is as follows:

Florida Branch Code: 190 541
Account #: 190 512 5232
NPO Registration #: 007 416
Swift code: nedszajj

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33 replies
    • Belle says:

      They are crazy sick bastards! Ugh it makes me sick!!! They need to go to jail or prison! This is just bullshit! Wtf is wrong with people!

  1. Peg Stewart says:

    That poor dog having to suffer like that with severe neglect and it’s 100% animal abuse.If,they lived in extreme poverty then they shouldn’t have got a dog or any other pet for that matter.It takes money to feed and look after them properly including their health.These people must to uneducated to let their dog suffer with all those disgusting ticks and having a tick fever.Thank goodness the dog is getting help and the ticks are falling off and being treated for a tick fever. I hope,they don’t get back their dog for any reason because,they don’t deserve any animal without having the money for it’s health care and feeding the dog.

      • Belle says:

        It’s because they are sick. I remember growing up poor & not having money to take dogs to the vet and as soon as we ever Saw a tick on a dog, we’d (cousins) remove them like it was a game. This was purposeful neglect. It infuriates me!

    • Cal says:

      God bless all the caring people who take the time to save these poor helpless’s so heartbreaking that human kind can indure this kind of cruelty upon these beautiful breathing feeling animals..God created beauty in this world..somehow the devil cast a spell on these cruel bastards..human kind are just getting more evil as time goes on..will this horrible behavior ever stop happening? Courts and finds and prison just don’t make a difference! Animals continue to be abused:-(

    • Laura says:

      Not having money to properly care for your dog is one thing….Duh! But, what was their problem in “picking” the ticks off before the poor dog became so infested!!!! I guess they were too poor for that also????

  2. Phyllis Carlino says:

    As I read all the stories and see pictures of each dog has been abused so severely I find myself feeling ill,sad,enraged and filled with sorrow that these dogs have had to suffer so horribly at the hands of some very sick people. Only recently have laws been passed that punish people for the horrible A abuse they have inflicted on these innocent, loving animals. These people are a danger to society as a whole. The penalties on the books for animal abuse are not nearly enough. Someday maybe the justice system will require anyone who has do these things to be evaluated by doctors and psychologists. This behavior is not ‘normal’.

    • Laura says:

      Not only should they not be allowed to own a dog…..DEPORT their ass….America should not be forced to tolerate their foreign cruelty!! Send them back to their homeland…..”if” their homeland will tolerate them???

  3. Edward says:

    I disagree he should be shot but it should be done to image take a f****** billion ticks with huge barrel and throw his f****** ass in a lock him in there and actually punishment praise the Lord

  4. Norma Shatford says:

    I just wish someone would inflict the same cruelty on the offenders as they inflict on these defenceless animals.They give unconditional love “only to be ill treated by what is meant to be the intelligent species of this planet”.God help us if that is intelligence.

  5. Patricia Akers says:

    There are still many Wicked evil vicious people out there that should never have any animals. They only think of them as trash or a commodity that they can throw away at any given time that pleases them. Please go after these Guardians so that this precious life has not suffered in vain. May he get completely healthy and find a loving home for him.

  6. Dawn says:

    Aah’ My Goodness,God love it.. Poor Belle,.. Peace an Love to Her today,,. And much Respect to the doctors and staff helping her..????. U.S.A

  7. Valerie Jones says:

    Guardian! What kind of guardian does that? That *********** should be thrown in the yard and he should have to endure the ticks and whatever else thatvpoor dog had to go through, then maybe he’ll get it!!!????????????

  8. Suzanne says:

    Poor wee animals how can people be so calas. Hope they get what they deserve. The pain they went through. Gets me mad.Glad they are getting the love they are supposed to get.

  9. Kathleen Drude says:

    This is just wrong! There is no reason for this dog to be covered in ticks. The number of diseases that could show up later are many and all are deadly! There is no reason this poor dog should have to go thru this! But at least she will be ok now i hope

  10. Mike sonja says:

    I just don’t know how people can do this to helpless animals that depend on us for love and care. It really sickens me. Thank you for all that care and help.


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