Humane Society: Malnourished puppy’s condition ‘unspeakable’

Published: Saturday, August 01, 2015 @ 11:10 PM
Updated: Monday, August 03, 2015 @ 3:44 PM


            Preble County shelter has person who dumped puppy on camera
Preble County shelter has person who dumped puppy on camera

UPDATE @ 3:41 p.m. Aug. 3

Leslie Renner, President of the Humane Society of Preble County, spoke with us today about Prince Charming, the 4-month-old puppy who was left tied to the shelter’s fence on Friday night.

He had a horrible case of demodex mange,” said Renner. “All I could do for him that night [Friday] was get him in and get him comfortable.”

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Renner said demodex mange is a type of mite that gets on the skin. Most dogs actually have these mites on their skin and their immune system can usually fight if off, unless their immune system becomes compromised, she said.

Prince Charming was drinking water and seemed to be doing well, according to Renner. He then went downhill quickly on Saturday evening and into Sunday.

“He was very malnourished,” Renner said. “You could see every rib, his whole spinal cord was showing, hip bones, he really couldn’t walk on his own, he was too weak.”

Renner warned that the shelter sees this happen more often than what the public knows.

“It’s disgusting. There’s no reason, this is so treatable,” said Renner. “There are many things out there that aren’t treatable. You can’t treat a dog with cancer but you can treat them for demodex. You can treat them for the viruses they can catch, you can vaccinate them There’s so many things you can do for a dog and to allow this to happen is just unspeakable.”

The shelter was unable to determine Prince Charming’s breed because of hair loss and everything being swollen. However, they are guessing he was a lab mix. They were able to determine his age by a combination of puppy and adult teeth.

“If there are any witnesses out there, any neighbors, that’s where our biggest help will come if people just get involved,” Renner said.

UPDATE @ 9:55 p.m. Aug. 2

A 4-month-old puppy with severe mange left outside the Humane Society of Preble County died this evening.

“His condition was so treatable and there was no reason, no excuse for this to happen. I just wish he had come to us when there was still time to help,” the shelter posted around 9:15 p.m. on its Facebook page.

FIRST REPORT, Aug. 1

A puppy with a severe case of mange was dragged to a fence and chained Friday night outside a local animal shelter.

The Humane Society of Preble County is caring for the 4-month-old pup they’ve named Prince Charming, but they want to find out who is responsible for his condition.

According to the society’s Facebook post on Saturday, the undernourished puppy has an advanced case of demodex mange with raw and bleeding skin and feet swollen to the size of baseballs. He was left around 6:45 p.m. by a man who got out of a blue minivan and then left the parking lot turning south, possibly headed toward Camden.

“We will be taking him to our vet Monday morning and will know more about his treatment and prognosis after we talk to them,” stated Leslie Renner, president of the humane society, in an email to our newsroom.

The shelter is located at 951 S. Barron St, Eaton.