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Pup with mange doing well

Her treatment will cost about $1,000 a month

Posted: August 8, 2008 9:44 p.m.
Updated: October 10, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Maggie Mae, a sixth-month-old Labrador mix found wandering with mange, is undergoing treatment and doing well, officials at New Leash on Life report.

A Labrador mix named Maggie Mae who had such bad mange a rescuer thought she'd been burned is undergoing treatment and doing well.

"It's really good news, her hair is starting to come back in," said Clare Storey, adoptions and kennel manager for New Leash on Life. "She's feeling a lot more comfortable now.

The six-month-old puppy was brought to the rescue center from a San Fernando Valley shelter late last month after a Hansen Dam lifeguard found the pooch wandering on a nearby street.

Since then, Storey said a number of local residents have called New Leash to inquire about the dog and offer financial support.

Maggie Mae's treatment will take about six months and could cost about $1,000, Storey said Friday. So far, New Leash has received about $600 in donations.

Because of her compromised immune system, the dog will for the rest of her life require regular treatment and a close watch on her health, Storey said.

Within about six months there should be some good hair growth, though Storey said the dog "will always have some bald spots, bless her."

While the initial reaction might be anger at whoever let the dog's condition get so bad, Storey said she keeps an open mind.

"This could very well be the result of ignorance," she said, and added that as Maggie Mae's condition worsened, her owners may have hesitated to seek treatment for fear they might get in trouble.


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