A puppy which was left hairless from an untreated skin condition was dumped in the street by her callous owners.
Princess Peaches, a nine-week-old Staffordshire bull terrier, was left without veterinary treatment for mange, a mite which gets in the skin and causes intense irritation.
Animal Care in Lancaster, who took Princess Peaches in from Homeless Hounds in Blackburn to save her being put down, said it is the worst case of mange they have seen on an animal.
Abi Sadler, assistant manager at Animal Care, said: “She would have died if she hadn’t been picked up and the condition is extremely painful.
“She would have been put to sleep if we hadn’t taken her in.
“She was found on her own and we’d like to save the others but we don’t know where they are.
“She would have lost her hair from scratching, she still scratches herself until she is bleeding.
“She is so undernourished that her nails are falling out.
“At the moment she is in an isolation unit to prevent the other dogs getting infected, as it is very contagious.
“She is on tablets and has to have a shampoo and bath every day. Her hair is starting to grow back but it will take a good month for the mange to clear up.
“The shampoo she has to be washed in costs £60 for a small bottle.
“We are appealing for members of the public to donate money to help with her veterinary costs. Also if people could knit her a little jumper because she is freezing with bare skin!
“She is very sweet and always wants a cuddle but we can’t really give her one.
“She eats like a gannet and is really, really friendly, she wants to play all the time.
“We want to end Peaches’ suffering and get her back to health as fast as possible.
“She is only a few weeks old and deserves better then this.”
If you want to help, text donate to 70070 and use the code PFP AS0.
There has also been a justgiving account set up for members of the public to donate money to help towards Princess Peaches treatment at
For more information call Animal Care on 01524 65495.
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