Neglected pit bull puppy’s skin cracks open when walking

American Pit Bull "Echo". Photo courtesy Rugaz Rescue

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) — A neglected American Pit Bull Terrier puppy is suffering from a severe skin disease and infection that has made his skin so raw it cracks open and bleeds when he tries to walk.

10-month-old “Echo” has a severe case of a skin disease called Demodex, along with pneumonia, and a secondary bacterial infections of his ears, eyes and his entire body.

“This dog is an extreme case of neglect. For his body to deteriorate to this condition, Echo likely went for months on end without any medical care….perhaps as long as six months while he was progressively getting worse and worse,” said Devilyn Saunders, who is the founder of an American Pit Bull Terrier rescue group called Rugaz Rescue.

The non-profit group rescues and finds new homes for abandoned and surrendered American Pit Bull Terriers.

Echo is being treated at Regency Park Animal Hospital in New Port Richey. The staff there has been giving him medicated baths for his skin, nebulizer treatments for his pneumonia, antibiotic therapy, and ear and eye medications.

“Despite his pain, he is extremely sweet, cuddly and he loves to give kisses.  We are so grateful to be able to give him a chance to find a family who will love him.” said Saunders.

Once Echo is on the road to recovery, he will be placed in a temporary foster home. If you are interested in fostering Echo learn more here.

If you are interested in donating to help pay for Echo’s care, contact Regency Park Animal Hospital at 727-848-6247. The hospital is located at 7741 Congress Street in New Port Richey.

Rugaz Rescue works to find loving, forever homes for pit bulls. The organization focuses heavily on educating the public about responsible pit bull parenting and also provides in-home support to families with American Pit Bull Terriers to help create lasting, lifetime bonds. Learn more about Rugaz Rescue.


Photo courtesy Rugaz Rescue

Photo courtesy Rugaz Rescue
Photo courtesy Rugaz Rescue
Photo courtesy Rugaz Rescue
Photo courtesy Rugaz Rescue

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