When a man in Earlton, New York, opened his front door one winter night in January, he was shocked and heartbroken by what he saw. There stood a hairless, skinny dog, shivering in the cold. More than a little concerned, the man brought her inside and called animal control.
“It appeared that she had been dumped by the roadside and abandoned,” the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA wrote on Facebook. “It was a frigid night, and it was assumed she came to the door looking for food and warmth. Animal control was contacted, and she was brought to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA. It was clear that she had been neglected and was in dire need of medical attention.”
At the shelter, vets examined the dog later named Peggy. They determined she had untreated demodectic mange, which had caused her skin to become dry, flaky, scabbed, and infected.
“She was in bad shape,” Ron Perez, president of the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA, told The Dodo. “She had some open lacerations on her face and neck, and was pretty much devoid of any hair. It was sad. It’s always sad to see them like this.”