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Giving pets a second chance

Local shelter fighting for sick, abandoned animals

Lucy, who was found abandoned and neglected, is doing well in her foster home thanks to the generosity of strangers and the Charlton Animal Shelter. (click for larger version)
December 14, 2011
CHARLTON — Though she responds to dozens of calls a week, Animal Control Officer Ann Sellew said she rarely sees a case like Lucy's.

The black and tan Shepherd mix was abandoned and found wandering a back road in Charlton, frail and ill. Missing clumps of fur and severely underweight, Sellew said it was clear she had been neglected for some time.

"The poor thing was just pitiful looking," said Sellew. "She was skin and bones and her toe nails were so overgrown she had a hard time even walking."

A vet diagnosed the three-year-old dog with Lyme disease and mange, a persistent and contagious skin disease caused by parasitic mites. Her treatment would include multiple doses of medication daily and bi-weekly baths, running upwards of $600.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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