My New Name is Ami
A report came in from a factory area in Asan City, South Chungcheong province. The person who reported the incident had known of this dog for about 2 months. She first found the dog when she was driving next to the factory. There were two dogs wandering the street, but the face of one of them seemed to be peeling and red. The people at the factory had been providing food for stray cats, and the dogs were coming to get it. She felt bad for the dogs, and so came by a few times to provide them food. One dog had a large wound on her head and face, and her skin condition was horrible. She called us to help because it seemed to be getting worse, and the skin had started to become darker.
I could not just pass this dog by because her skin was so bad.
Photos were sent, and the rescue team tried to get a good look at the situation. According to the report, the factory area was dangerous for the dogs to be in as heavy trucks were coming and going all the time. The second dog had already been hit and killed by a truck, so the one with a wounded face was alone. However, when the rescue team arrived, the dog was nowhere to be found. It turned out that a neighbor called the local authorities to take the sick dog to the shelter a few hours before we arrived.
The rescue team headed straight to the local shelter. The shelter had already sprayed antiseptic on her face and body, and it had worsened the skin. The right side of her face had already hardened and the left side was full of bloody pus.
The dog, now called Ami, needed urgent veterinary treatment. We and the person who reported the incident agreed to process the adoption first at the local shelter to take ownership of the dog.
The poor dog was in extreme pain and did not stop scratching for the 4-hour journey to our affiliated veterinary hospital in Seoul. The rescue team did their best to soothe and calm Ami, and by the time they arrived, she was sleeping.
Ami was examined thoroughly and diagnosed with a severe Demodex Canis (mange) infection and mites, so she needed long-term hospitalization and treatment. The vet said she could have died if she had been left on the street a little longer. Ami is still in a little danger, however, as her immune system is compromised but will recover if kept warm, dry and well-fed.
Ami’s skin will recover, now that she is safe and cared for, and with your support, we can find her new friends and a new loving family, too.