Joey Wagner is an animal-lover, so he and his team created the Baie Ste. Marie Animal Society, in Nova Scotia. This non-profit organization helps to rescue and re-home animals. Wagner cares about all the animals he sees, but one particular rescue case touched his life like no other.
Wagner’s first encounter with three month-old Mojo was when he rescued the Pit Bull/American Staffordshire Terrier mix. The puppy was in bad shape when he was found, suffering from Demodectic mange, and very close to death. He needed help; Wagner, and his team were there to meet his needs.
Demodectic mange, sometimes just called "demodex" or "red mange," is the most common form of mange in dogs. It is caused by Demodex Canis, a parasite that lives in the hair follicles of dogs. Under the microscope, this mite is shaped like a cigar with eight legs.
Mojo's previous owner had tried to save the dog but did not have the resources he needed to take care of the dog. That is where the Animal Society stepped in. Because Mojo's condition was so severe, Wagner took the puppy right to the veterinary hospital for treatment. Still, Mojo's future was uncertain.
Thanks to the excellent care that he received, Mojo survived. Because of the mange, it took a long time for Mojo's hair to grow back, so he had to wear a T-shirt to protect his sensitive skin, but eventually, it did grow back. Just look at what he looks like today...
According to Mojo's Facebook page, the puppy has grown up and is enjoying life with his dog siblings. All thanks to the efforts at Baie Ste. Marie Animal Society and the veterinary hospital, Mojo is doing great today. He is a happy and healthy dog who LOVES his owners.
If you or someone you know is looking for a new pet, check with your local animal shelters. There are dogs just like Mojo who are waiting to receive a second chance at life. Watch the video of Mojo's reunion with his rescuer, below.
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