Staff at the Surrey Animal Resource Centre are very confused about their latest addition.
Prudence, a 5 to 6 month old female Doberman, came to them after she was dropped off at a Surrey vet last Friday. She weighed only 28 pounds. “A normal weight for a Doberman her age would be between 40 to 45 pounds,” says centre manager Kim Marosevich.
She is also covered with demodectic mange, which is not contagious, but is exacerbated by her poor immune system. “It’s entirely preventable and entirely avoidable,” says Marosevich.
Staff know someone must have originally taken care of Prudence. She has her tail and her ears clipped, which is typically done at a vet, and she still had stitches in her ears meaning she would have seen a vet in the past six weeks. “She’s a purebred Doberman,” says Marosevich. “Somebody chose to create her. Somebody was spending money to have her ears and her tail done and then just walked away.”
Prudence is now on an antibiotic and a medicated bath treatment.
“She walks around in a cloud of her own skin and hair,” says Marosevich. “She wants to rub her face on her blanket because it itches.”
“It’s appalling how someone would allow, over a relatively long period of time, for this to happen when there are so many resources available,” says Marosevich.
Prudence will likely be at the shelter until late in the spring before she is put up for adoption.
Marosevich says she is quite friendly with people, but will likely require some socialization with other animals before she can be re-homed.
Now the centre is looking for any information on Prudence and where she came from. “We’re such an urban community,” says Marosevich. “This didn’t happen in a void.”
If anyone has any information they are asked to contact the Surrey Animal Resource Centre at 604-574-6622 or via email at email@example.com