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.
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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