Animal cruelty is a heartbreaking reality that plagues our world. It is a sad truth that many animals are left to fend for themselves, often suffering from neglect and abuse. Belle, a dog found in Johannesburg, South Africa, is a prime example of this. In September of this year, animal-eсe workers found Belle staggering through town, covered in ticks.
Belle’s condition was truly heartbreaking. She was fully carpeted in ticks, with little white lumps covering her ears and eyes. The ticks had drained her of so much blood that she was practically anemic, barely able to walk. The ticks had clustered around her ears and eyelids, where the skin is thin and blood vessels are numerous. It was a truly horrific sight.
CLAW, the organization that found Belle, couldn’t even remove most of the ticks immediately away because of the blood loss she would incur from getting them all out at once. Instead, they had to merely treat her and wait for the ticks to fall off. It was a slow and painful process, but eventually, all of the ticks came off, and Belle finally began to heal.
Despite the sorrow of seeing Belle in so much pain, the treatment succeeded. She’ll probably always have some scars, though she doesn’t seem to mind one bit. Now she’s a gorgeous, joyful girl with a lustrous coat of fur. The patches she lost to the ticks and the scarring are filling back in, and more significantly, she’s so much more content.
Best of all, happy Belle has even found a forever home with her gorgeous human, Hannah. It’s a heartwarming ending to a truly tragic story.
Belle’s story is a reminder of the importance of animal welfare. It’s a reminder that animals are living beings that deserve love, care, and respect. It’s a reminder that we all have a responsibility to protect and care for the animals in our world.
If you’re an animal lover, there are many things you can do to help. You can volunteer at your local animal shelter, donate to animal welfare organizations, and speak out against animal cruelty. Every little bit helps, and together, we can make a difference in the lives of animals like Belle.