When Sheba, a 4-month-old bulldog mix was found shivering on a Dorchester street on Feb. 22, she had a severe case of mange. It was so bad that all of her fur had been stripped away and her body was covered in painful sores. She was too weak to walk or even stand.
Andrea Bessler, a veterinary technician in the clinic that abuts the adoption center, was shocked at Sheba's appearance.
“In my nearly 11 years of practice I’ve never seen a case of mange this severe," she said.
Sheba wasn't microchipped, so MSPCA staff have no way of knowing the puppy's back story, but they suspect she was brought to the street to be abandoned once her disease took hold, MSPCA spokesman Robert Halpin said.
Over the past few weeks, Sheba has started to recover, thanks to Dr. Klaus Loft of the Angell Animal Medical Center, who administered a new treatment that is harnessing the power of the dog's own immune system to heal her disease.
There have also been antibiotics and a lot of baths.