Puppy surrendered in field loaded with ticks gets new chance at life

When a photo of the four-month-old shepherd appeared on social media Tuesday afternoon, animal advocates gasped in shock. Viewers were horrified at the amount of ticks on the puppy.  Volunteers from Animal Services in the City of Mesquite Texas reached out for help  on Facebook.

“This poor 3-4 month old Shepherd mix was just surrendered in the field and as you can see its AWFUL condition. He has been given a nexgard and some good food, but he is in desperate need of rescue immediately.”

And the plea for help worked. Early Tuesday evening, Dallas DogRRR – Rescue Rehab.Reform stepped forward for the dog now named Caleb.

“His ears are too heavy with ticks to perk them up, and he’s content resting his weary head in your hand for support.

We’re going to call him CALEB, and he was such a good boy at the vet. He was poked, scraped, examined, and by the time I left him, he finally gave me a little kiss. We’re running a full blood panel, but at this time he’s not in need of a transfusion. He will remain at the vet for observation tonight, and we will slowly watch the ticks die and fall off like Bernie. To see them all over his ears, neck, in between his toes, and on his back was truly heart wrenching,” the organization posted on their Facebook page introducing the puppy to the rescue community.

Information concerning Caleb’s surrender has not been clarified, however updates will be provided when made available. For now, the emphasis is on Caleb’s recovery and this very sweet dog getting a new chance at life.

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