Berry is a street dog who lives in a local community close to the fish market, whilst out on our Street Dog Skin Care program, we stumbled across Berry who was in a world of pain with her skin as hard as stone and pieces flaking off, she was emaciated and her hips and ribs were protruding, it was clear she needed extensive treatment to ensure her survival.
A local man came over to say that the community were frightened that their families could get sick from the dog, and had been trying to shoo her away from the area.
Hungry, itching, frightened and lonely, we knew Berry needed help.
We immediately alerted the team and went on a mission to help Berry, as soon as she realised we were paying her a little attention, she became weary and hid under some vehicles.
Our highly experienced animal handlers were able to safely extract Berry from under the vehicle and place her into the secure crate to transport her 40 km to a specialist animal hospital in Colombo that can provide her with 24/7 veterinary care.
As soon as Berry arrived at the hospital, she started receiving immediate care.
Berry's results came back showing she had a severe case of scabies and a fungal infection.
Berry understandably has no trust in people, she is frightened and not settling that well at the hospital.
It's going to be a long road to recovery, Berry will be going to a specialist fosterer who will be able to give Berry the care, time, love and patients she needs to be able to get better and gain the trust of humans again.
If you would like to contribute to Berry's care please donate what you can.
Street Dog Skin Care
Street dogs in Sri Lanka suffer from a variety of life-threatening skin conditions.
Worms, ticks, mites and other skin parasites, can be agonising for a street dog. Often, they will lose their fur, scratch until they bleed, or in some cases, scratch themselves to death.
The great news is with special skin care these dog’s lives can be transformed. Alongside our mobile field sterilisation clinic, Dogstar is running an ongoing monthly program to treat dogs with skin problems and other health issues in and around the Negombo area.
One treatment for one dog costs just £10.