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In April 2017, we introduced you to Bobby, a dog without one strand of hair on his brittle, hardened skin. When touched, you thought you were feeling a jagged stone.
He was found on the streets of Puerto Rico with a broken hind leg. His condition did not happen overnight. It is likely that hundreds walked by him without even helping.
Bobby had both Sarcoptic AND Demodex mange. He was also highly anemic, was infested with parasites and had Ehrlichia, a tick borne disease. At the time, rescuers also did not know yet if his leg could even be saved.
Rescuers knew Bobby would have a long road to recovery. When there is no fur, combined with skin so hardened and scabbed over, the treatment would take months and it has. On top of everything, the vets found multiple tumors on his malnourished body that needed to be addressed.
Once his condition stablized, vets were able to do surgery to remove his tumors. In June, they successfully performed the surgery and thankfully, the pathology returned and his tumors were all benign! One hurdle down, but many more to go.
Gradually, Bobby started to make a rebound. Little by little, strands of hair started to grow. He began to walk a little more confidently. After 4 months of treatment and TLC, Bobby was coming out of his shell, playing with furry friends and getting lots of love and attention from his foster mom.
And, to everyone's surprise, as his hair started to grow back in, they noticed that he was actually blonde!!!
As you can see from the latest photos, Bobby still has a long way to go. Growing back his fur will still take several more months of baths and treatment. This is never an easy road to recovery, but his transformation is still amazing.
To continue to support Bobby's care and to even apply for his adoption, please visit New York Bully Crew: https://www.nybullycrew.org/dogs-for-adoption/dire-cases/bobby-stone/