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Dogs with Maggots Turned Over to Humane Society

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Dogs are called man's best friend, but sometimes man isn't so kind to their loyal companion.

"We had two dogs unfortunately come in, Margaret and Zoey. Margaret was the first one we brought in, completely infested with maggots, internal and external maggots. She was obviously abused. It's truly a neglect case," said Robert Rauch of the Joplin Humane Society.

Margaret was brought in by animal control and Zoey was turned in by some good Samaritans, but both are being cared for at the Joplin Humane Society where they have a chance at being adopted after treatment. 

"We wanna make sure that they're healthy and happy and we want to make sure that they're ready to go to their forever home and then yes we're gonna get someone to come and take them out of here so that's our next step," he said.

Cadence Sheperd who was visiting the humane society with her best friend expressed her feelings at seeing the injured dogs.

"It kinda made me sad and angry cause I have a lot of dogs too at my grandparent's house and my house so it's kinda sad and it makes me angry," she said.

Rauch is also troubled by the case.

"My heart would break for any animal, any person, anything that's gone through that much pain," Rauch stated.

The condition is typically caused from some sort of open wound or moisture in an animal's fur that attracts flies. 

"The problem with both of these animals is that obviously it just went too long. People weren't taking care of them, weren't paying attention. The wound infected, festered, and then of course maggots get involved," he said.

Sheperd, an animal lover, offers her advice on what to do when you come across an animal suffering from this kind of ailment.

"Just, if you ever find one of these dogs with maggots and everything, just bring them to a vet," she said.
 

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