Stella was a beautiful three-month old pit bull mix that was homeless and infested with a harsh skin condition called Demodux mange; tiny cigar-shaped, eight-legged mites reside and feed in the hair follicle and oil glands of the dog’s skin when it is suffering from Demodux or demodectic mange.
Stella was rescued from a kill center called Animal Care Centers of NYC more than six months ago. The poor puppy was covered in scabs from head to toe. She had no hair left on her body, she lost some skin, and she was on a list of dogs that were to be put to sleep if not rescued. The North Shore Animal League in Port Washington, New York, rescued the dog. They knew she needed some health care, and that she needed time to recover; not a death sentence.
Animal League Veterinarian, Dr. Gerard Laheney stated that since the condition wasn’t treated her symptoms worsened.
“Her skin is inflamed, she is very itchy,” Dr. Laheney said. “That’s really caused by secondary bacterial and fungal infections.”
It’s been about a month, but little Stella is finally beginning to come into her own after being extensively treated at the League’s Alex Lewyt Veterinary Medical Center. She is now looking for a home of her own with people who will love and care for her and never allow her to end up in this condition again. Stella is recovering nicely. Her life was saved. And now it’s time for this dog and her amazing transformation to find a home that she can call her own.
Take a look at how she turned out in the following video: