While on vacation in Aruba, dog lover Melissa found an abandoned dog that appeared to have turned to stone.
The tourist was enjoying her time in Aruba when she saw a dog that “looked like a rock” and knew she had to help.
Just the thought of leaving that poor dog behind without medical attention broke Melissa’s heart. So she decided she would do her best to help him.
Melissa contacted local rescue group Sgt Pepper’s Friends. Together they set to work trying to save the “stone” dog.
It turned out that the dog, named Ozzy, was suffering from a serious case of sarcoptic mange.
According to PetMD:
“Sarcoptic mange is a highly contagious skin disease found in dogs, caused by the Sarcoptes scabiei mite. These mites will burrow through the skin causing intense itching and irritation. The scratching that results from mange is what causes the majority of the animal’s hair to fall out. This is a treatable medical condition but is highly contagious for other animals and humans. Pet owners are advised to keep the dog quarantined while it is being treated for mange.”
Melissa said: “He looked like a walking stone when I found him. I knew I wanted to help so I opened the car door and he jumped right in.”
It was as if Ozzy understood exactly what was going on; that he met the woman who would change his life forever.
“He was so grateful. He’s the sweetest thing.”
Volunteer Dayenne Holwerda explains:
“Melissa, who was vacationing here, saw Ozzy and contacted us for help. We decided to help and Melissa went to look for him again and bring him to our vet. Ozzy really looked like a rock and his face was all swollen and his eyes crusty.”
He tested positive for heartworm and sarcoptic mange so we had no choice then to leave him at the vet to be treated. He was bathed with medicated shampoo two times a week and received injections for his skin for six weeks.”
Ozzy was so happy to get treatment. Every single day, the brave dog took a step toward better health. His transformation is truly incredible!
Ozzy is now happy and healthy. He smiles constantly. Ozzy’s rescuers see a bright future for the dog who once appeared to be ‘made of stone.’
Thank you, Melissa and Sgt Pepper’s Friends for giving this deserving dog a second chance!
Source: I Love My Dog Somuch