Johnny and June: A Love Story
It was mid-June when a community member contact the TEARS Facebook Page with a shocking image of two desperately thin dogs. Despite the poor quality of the image that was sent to us, we could see that the two dogs were suffering serious neglect.
The lady who messaged informed us that her landlady’s dogs looked sickly and she was worried that the landlady was too old to be able to care for the two adequately.
Once the message was received, the Ops Team was quickly activated as the suffering of these dogs was just too clear. TEARS Animal Welfare Assistant Xolela Qhoki was dispatched with the TEARS Mobile Clinic to uplift these two from a life of pain.
The TEARS Veterinary Hospital was on standby to receive these cases. Upon arrival, they were examined and found to be skeletal, scared and suffering with chronic mange. It was quite evident that the two, Johnny and June, had once been cared for but had undergone a quick descent into starvation. Their skin hung on their bones where it had once been plump with muscle and fat.
Treatment began immediately. Johnny and June’s diet changed from mere scraps to high quality, nutritious Hill’s Derm Defense to help boost their body’s ability to heal their skin. June was put on some antibiotics to help with a secondary skin infection that was causing her quite a bit of irritation. Both suffered with ehrlichiosis which required intensive treatment. The couple enjoyed medicated baths to soothe their skin with Virbac Pyoderm Shampoo and were treated with Bravecto to help heal them.
Recovery for Johnny and June has been slow. We don’t know for how long they suffered. It’s taken time to earn their trust but it’s easy to see how the two have blossomed, found their happiness again and are ready to finally have their happily ever after together.